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Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Asian studies comprises the interdisciplinary study of the region referred to as 'Asia'. Asia is usually regarded as starting to the west of Pakistan and extending to the western rim of the Pacific, including those countries in south, south-east and east Asia. The region contains two-thirds of the world's population and many hundreds of distinct cultures and languages. It is home to the world's two largest countries in terms of population and to the world's biggest democracy. It embraces some of the world's most sophisticated and developed economies, and some of the world's most impoverished and least developed countries.

East Asia in particular has been the engine for global economic growth over the last two decades of the 20th century. Many of the region's political, strategic and diplomatic issues have dominated world attention at the beginning of the 21st century. Research on Asia is undertaken across a wide range of disciplines at Monash. Much of it is interdisciplinary and relates to aspects of society, language and culture, politics, government, economics, industrial relations, business, health and nutrition, education and law. Accordingly, supervision of research student candidature is available in a wide range of fields.


2846 Master of Arts by Research and Coursework

The entry below only details the coursework component of this degree. For all requirements including the research/thesis component refer to the full course entry.

This program will enable students to focus their studies around a research thesis on Asia. The coursework component is designed to encourage interdisciplinary perspectives to broaden and deepen the understanding of Asia and Australia-Asia relations, thereby providing a fuller appreciation of the context in which the research project will be conceptualised.


  • APG5382 Contemporary issues in Asia
  • APG5385 Investigating other societies: Area studies in global perspective

Course coordinator: Professor Ross Mouer

Further courses

For a list of units in this area of study refer to the requirements for courses listed under 'Relevant courses'.

Relevant courses

  • 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.