AMU2690 - Discovering the Asia-Pacific study trips - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Yeoh Seng Guan


Associate Professor Yeoh Seng Guan

Unit guides



  • Summer semester A 2019 (On-campus block of classes)


48 credit points of first year Arts units study in Monash Malaysia or its equivalent


The study trip will last between 10-14 days


The unit provides learning opportunities for students to become experientially and intellectually literate with the varied contemporary social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental realities of various countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The specific focus for the study trip will vary each year. They will cover topics in environment and human development, everyday identities and identity politics, media and popular culture, and democracy and social movements. The overall pedagogical stress is on critically mapping and understanding various kinds of social transformations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Each year, one or two countries would form the focus/foci of study.

The unit comprises a mix of pre-study trip preparatory lectures (including film screenings), a series of lectures, talks and immersion activities facilitated by various institutes and civil society groups during the study trip proper, and the submission of a post-study trip portfolio.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. recognise and explain the key socio-cultural, economic, political, developmental and environmental challenges facing the country/countries visited in relation to the wider Asia-Pacific region;
  2. evaluate a range of social responses to these challenges in the Asia-Pacific region;
  3. critically reflect on the application of their theoretical knowledge to real-world issues;
  4. communicate effectively in both written, digital and oral formats;
  5. work collaboratively;
  6. identify and utilise skills in intercultural competency.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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