6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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The unit provides a broad overview of major developments in Asia across the past five hundred years with a particular focus on Asia's place in the world today. It considers Asia's historic role at the centre of the global economy, its encounter with the West and the forces that reshaped the region. The primary focus is on Southeast Asia (especially Indonesia) and East Asia (especially China, Japan and Korea). The goal of the unit is to provide students with a solid basis of knowledge in the history of the region, either as the foundation for further studies on Asia, or as an important complement to their Asian language studies.
Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
- recognise and discuss some of the historical trends that have shaped the development of the region over the past five hundred years;
- explain how different societies function and change over time;
- evaluate debates about 'imperialism', 'colonialism', 'race', 'gender', 'modernisation' and 'globalisation';
- critically evaluate primary and secondary sources;
- use 'evidence' to construct an 'argument' as they develop scholarly writing skills;
- reflect upon what we can learn from studying and 'representing' past events and episodes.
Within semester assessment: 100%
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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