Not offered from 1 July 2015

To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:

Astudent may complete a major sequence of 36 units in Asian Studies by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) and two Year 3 topics (9 units) plus two additional topics (9 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed in the program of study below.

A student may complete a minor sequence of 22.5 units in Asian Studies by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) plus and additional topic (4.5 units) from the Year 2  or Year 3 Topics listed in the program of study below.

A student may complete an extended major sequence in Asian Studies by completing the prescribed major topics (36 units), plus an additional two topics (9 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed below.

An extended major in Asian Studies is not available to students enrolled in the double Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts degrees

Course aims

The major aims to produce graduates who have:

  • skills, knowledge and conceptual understandings that equip them for employment in organisations which engage with the Asian region, either directly or indirectly
  • knowledge of the developments which have shaped, and continue to shape, Australia's place in the Asian region
  • appreciation of cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of Asia
  • understanding of the societies, cultures, and governments in Asia, including their histories, modern transformations, and contemporary development
  • Australia's place, role, and engagement in the Asian region.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Asian Studies major, graduates should be able to:

  • communicate and interact in a professional and culturally aware manner about key political, social, economic, environmental, and cultural issues impacting upon Asian nations
  • contribute specialist knowledge about a range of Asian countries, societies, and governments using relevant approaches from a range of academic disciplines
  • apply their knowledge to give professional expertise in policy advice and formulation.

Program of study

The following is the program of study for a 36 unit major sequence in Asian Studies and should be read in conjunction with the course rule for the degree in which you are enrolled.

Major - Asian Studies

Year 1 topics 

 ASST1001  Discovering Asia  (4.5 units)
 ASST1002  Modern Asia: Economy, Society and Politics  (4.5 units)

Year 2 topics

 ASST2005  Democracy and Human Rights in Asia  (4.5 units)

 4.5 units from the year 2 topics listed below

 DVST2006  From Bullets to Ballot Box and Back: Politics of the Global South  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2712  Asian Regional Development  (4.5 units)
 HIST2006  India: From Partition to the Emergency, 1940-1984  (4.5 units)
 HIST2007  British India: its Rise and Decline, 1850-1940  (4.5 units)
 INTR2005  The Next Superpower? The Rise of China in the 21st Century  (4.5 units)
 WMST2017  Gender, Globalisation and International Development  (4.5 units)

Year 3 topics

Select one of

 ASST3017  Asia Rising: The Politics of Development in the Asia Pacific Region  (4.5 units) 
 INTR3006  The Political Economy of East Asia  (4.5 units)

plus 4.5 units from the year 3 topics listed below 

 ASST3011  Environment and Development in Asia  (4.5 units)
 ASST3018  The War on Terror: A Clash of Civilisations?  (4.5 units)

plus an additional 9 units from the year 2 or 3 level topics listed above.


Refer to Honours - Asian Studies