Faculty of Arts

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Malaysia


Mr Ang Hean Leng



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit provides a broad overview of Malaysian history, socio-economy, politics and culture for second and third year students in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. It is informed by the approaches of various disciplines in that School. It both analyses the peculiarities of Malaysia's multi-cultural society and emphasises factors promoting national integration. It notes key areas of development and challenge in the economy, the education system, in health and technology and in Malaysia's role in the global community.


Students successfully completing the unit should have developed:

  1. Understanding of Malaysia's national and people's history as well as community development in terms of their socio-cultural, political and economic aspects
  2. Ability to analyse a question and produce a clear verbal or written response
  3. A basis for participation in efforts relating to the sovereignty, development and progress of Malaysia with skills of enhanced awareness
  4. Understanding of the process of nation-building
  5. Understanding of key issues in Malaysia's national identity and
  6. Understanding of Malaysia's role and contribution internationally.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


ATS2685, ATS3685