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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Beatrice Trefalt


Previously coded ASN3170


The unit will look at gender relations, cultural definitions of femininity and masculinity and changing gender roles in Asian societies and cultures. The pre-modern, modern and postmodern condition of women in countries such as Japan and Indonesia, and the issues facing women in Asia today will be explored in depth in a comparative context. Topics will include matriarchal cultural patterns in Japan and Indonesia and their cultural expressions, the impact of patriarchal systems such as Confucianism and Buddhism, the nature of women's equal rights movements in contemporary Asia, changing family structures and educational opportunities for women.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse contemporary gender relations in selected South and Southeast Asian contexts from anthropological and sociological perspectives.
  2. Examine selected gender issues and changing gender roles in East Asian countries.
  3. Demonstrate a good grasp of issues arising in the intersection of gender, tradition and modernity across Asia.
  4. Third year students are expected to have gained familiarity with aspects of theory relating to gender and modernity.


Written work
Project summary: 70%
Exam: 30%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Japanese studies
International studies
Indonesian studies
Chinese studies
Asian studies


A first-year sequence in Asian studies or Anthropology or by permission