Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Beatrice Trefalt


Previously coded ASN3071


This unit is designed to expose students to a variety of discipline-based theoretical and methodological problems in research focussing on Asia, in order for the students to develop a critical consciousness of the research process, the variety of approaches research can take, and the implications of these problems for their own potential future research projects.


Upon completion of the unit, the students will have gained:

  1. A solid foundation of knowledge about a variety of research approaches in Asian studies;
  2. A critical understanding of the role of theory and method in research;
  3. The ability to provide a critique of research approaches in writing;
  4. Oral and written presentation skills.


Written assignments (4500): 90%
Seminar attendance and participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Beatrice Trefalt

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week

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

Japanese studies
Japanese language
Indonesian studies
Indonesian language
Chinese studies
Chinese language
Asian studies


Completion of one or more units with considerable Asian content or by permission