Asian Studies

Unit outlines will be available through Find a unit outline two weeks before the first day of teaching for 1000-level and 5000-level units, or one week before the first day of teaching for all other units.
 

Asian Studies

Major

A major in Asian Studies requires 48 credit points from this table, including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level units
(iii) 18 credit points of 3000-level units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project units

Minor

A minor in Asian Studies requires 36 credit points from this table, including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level units
(iii) 12 credit points of 3000-level units

1000-level units of study

Core
ASNS1601 Introduction to Asian Cultures

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr virtual online lecture(s)/week, 1x1hr live session/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 3x330wds each online writing tasks (25%), 1x1000wd essay (25%), 1x2.5hr exam (40%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This introductory unit explores the histories and cultures of Asia across time, up to the modern era. The curriculum aims to provide both the essential knowledge and intellectual skills necessary for more advanced study of Asia, and to lay the groundwork for comparative investigation of trans-Asian phenomena. Topics and themes may include: religion, ritual, and philosophical thought; sacred kings and capitals; hierarchy and social order; family, kinship and gender systems; art, architecture, and archaeology.
ASNS1602 Asia: Past, Present, Future

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (30%), 1x2000wd exam (40%), 1x500wd tutorial writing task (20%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit looks at Asia's past, present and future in a global perspective. It makes use of the new approaches of world history and big history, and moves along large spatial and temporal scales. This unit prepares students to make sense of specific Asia-related subjects offered in more advanced units of study. In doing so, we will also examine some of the challenges Asia is facing today and think about Asia's place in our increasingly globalised world.
Selective
The following 1000 level units are elective units in the subject area rather than counting towards the requirements for a major in Asian Studies.
ASNS1200 Tibet and Central Asia: Nomads and Myths

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr online content/week, 1x1hr live session/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: Participation (10%), 1x2000wd written critical response (30%), 1x1hr mid-term test (20%), 3x300wd online quizzes (20%), 1x600wd equivalent presentation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Tibetan cultural sphere extends from the Himalayas to the tribal planes of Mongolia. This unit explores the civilisations of that region by examining shared cultural histories from the 8th century onwards, including religions, languages and customs. You will also learn how Tibetan myths shape today's perceptions of the orient.
Textbooks
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ASNS1201 Intro to Tibetan Language and Culture 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1.5hr seminar/week Assessment: Participation (10%), 1x2hr final exam (30%), 1x1hr mid-term test (25%), 3x250wd vocabulary test online (15%), 3x250wd grammar exercises online (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Tibetan language is an essential medium for understanding Buddhism and Asian history. This unit focuses on written Tibetan and some basic spoken Tibetan. You will learn important grammatical structures, the Tibetan script pronunciation and essential speaking skills. The unit also introduces cultural contexts of the Himalayan region.
Textbooks
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CHNS1601 Understanding Contemporary China

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: ASNS1101 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1xin-class test (30%), 1xClass presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces key topics essential to understanding contemporary Chinese society and culture, including geography and environment, recent social and political change, art, literature and cultural practice, population and economic structure, education systems and issues of gender and sexuality. As a foundational unit in Chinese studies, it assumes no background knowledge of China or the Chinese language. It will be taught in English with an interdisciplinary approach.

2000-level units of study

ASNS2002 Intro to Tibetan Language and Culture 2

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1.5hr seminar/week Prerequisites: ASNS1201 Assessment: Participation (10%), 1x2hr final exam (30%), 1x1hr mid-term test (25%), 3x250wd translation exercises online (15%), 3x250wd grammar exercises online (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The Tibetan language is an essential medium for understanding Buddhism and Asian history. This unit extends on Intro to Tibetan Language and Culture 1, focussing on written Tibetan and some further skills in spoken Tibetan. We will deepen grammatical knowledge, read short stories, and learn more about Himalayan cultures.
ASNS2003 Buddhism: Historical Perspectives

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in any of Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Indonesian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, History or Indian Subcontinental Studies Assessment: Participation (10%), 1x750wd equivalent tutorial leadership (15%), 1x750wd quiz (15%), 1x1500wd essay (30%), 1x1500wd exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores important events and periods in Buddhist history, with an emphasis on the complex dynamism between Buddhism and the societies in which it took root, developed, and flourished. It will focus on the role these events and periods played in shaping Buddhism in Asia and elsewhere, and how these regions and their institutions are, in turned, transformed by it.
Textbooks
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ASNS2004 Korean Popular Culture

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in the Asian Studies or Korean Studies major Assessment: 1x1000wd equivalent presentation (20%), 13xtotal equivalent 500wd weekly reading questions (10%), 1x1000wd mid-semester paper (20%), 1x2000wd final paper (40%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit presents multiple aspects of popular culture in South and North Korea, from K-pop to blockbuster movies, popular literature, internet culture, video games and socialist mass culture. It approaches Korea's cultural industries historically and critically, questioning their relationships to colonialism, militarism, social hierarchies, national identities, and economic globalization. Primary reading materials are drawn from a variety of genres and media to reflect the diversity of popular culture in the two Koreas. All reading materials are available in English translation and no knowledge of Korean is required.
Textbooks
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ASNS2010 Buddhism in East Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr Lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level Assessment: 1xtutorial presentation (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1xquiz (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1x2000wd written assignment (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the history and development of Buddhism in East Asia, namely, China, Korea, and Japan, from its introduction at the beginning of the Common Era to modern times. The unit will focus on several of the most important and distinctive forms of Buddhism in East Asia, such as Tiantai/Tendai, Pure Land and Chan/Zen Buddhism, and the issues and themes that are common to them. Particular attention will be paid to notions of liberation, developments in practice, and ritual forms. The unit will also investigate Buddhism's relationship with the state in these countries.
ASNS2011 Buddhist Thought and Culture

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in any of Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies or Indonesian Studies Prohibitions: BDST1602 Assessment: Participation (10%), 1x750wd equivalent tutorial leadership (15%), 1x750wd equivalent quiz (15%), 1x1500wd essay (30%), 1x1500wd exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides a survey of the major issues and core ideas of Buddhism from its beginnings to subsequent developments in others parts of Asia. Students will be introduced to Buddhist understanding of liberation, existence, and knowledge, with a focus on exploring how Buddhist thought and practices, such as ritual and meditation, shape each other in larger socio-cultural contexts.
ASNS2613 Chinese Thought

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level from Asian Studies or Chinese or Indonesian or Japanese or Korean Studies or Sanskrit or Philosophy Prohibitions: CHNS3641 Assessment: 1x750wd essay proposal (15%), 1x2000wd research essay (40%), 1x750wd equivalent oral presentation (15%), 1x1000wd equivalent test (20%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit offers students the opportunity to explore China's major traditions of philosophy and practice through English translations of key texts as well as authoritative secondary studies. The main foci of the unit include the following major areas: diversity and polemics in early Chinese thought, developments in Daoism, Buddhist thought and influence, and Neo-Confucian (Daoxue) thought.
ASNS2618 Remaking Chinese Society, 1949-Present

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level from Asian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studies or Chinese Studies or Indonesian Studies or Sanskrit or History or Ancient History Assumed knowledge: Students with no prior knowledge of modern Chinese history are encouraged to read an introductory textbook (e.g., Edwin E. Moise. Modern China: A History. Second edition. Longman, 1994) before the start of the semester. Assessment: 1x750wd essay proposal (15%), 1x2000wd final essay (40%), 1x750wd equivalent presentation (15%), 1x1000wd equivalent end of semester test (20%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The history of the People's Republic of China comprises two periods. In the Maoist era (1949-1978), the Communist-led government attempted to build a centrally planned, socialist society in which politics dominated people's daily lives. In the post-Mao era (since 1978), by contrast, the socialist institutions have largely been dismantled in pursuit of a market-based alternative. This unit of study explores key social, political, cultural and economic features of both periods and analyses the problems and paradoxes of transition.
ASNS2626 Religious Traditions of South Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points from Table A Prohibitions: RLST2003 Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (40%),Tutorial paper and presentation equivalent to 1000wds (25%), exam (30%), Tutorial participation (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces themes in South Asian religions from the Indus Valley Civilisation onward. Attention is paid to the social and cultural contexts in which Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism emerged. Goddess traditions are discussed, as are concepts such as tantra, yoga and meditation, karma and rebirth and dharma. Texts such as Bhagavat Gita are also introduced. A focus will be on the implications of Classical India for an understanding of contemporary Asian cultures, particularly those of South and Southeast Asia.
ASNS2627 India, China, Tibet: Cultural Relations

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Summer Main Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in History Assessment: 1x2500wd major essay (35%), 1xtutorial paper and presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (30%), media file (equivalent to 1000wds) (30%), class participation (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
While India and China emerge as present-day superpowers, their historical inter-relations are not well known. This unit provides an overview of cultural interactions between Indian and Chinese civilisations, especially as these have shaped Tibetan cultural identity. A key focus is upon how pre-modern cultural interactions with India and China provide ideological contexts within which Tibetan religious and cultural traditions and political institutions developed. This is undertaken in order to understand interactions between all three cultures on the current global stage.
ASNS2634 Samurai and Merchants: Tokugawa Japan

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level each in either Asian Studies or History Prohibitions: ASNS2304 Assessment: attendance and participation in tutorials (15%), tutorial writing tasks and essays (equivalent to 2500 words) (45%), 2 hour final exam (equivalent to 2000 words) (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868) had a complex feudal structure articulated around the shogun, the feudal lords and their samurai retainers. It also had huge cities, birthplaces of some of the first modern ways of life. The tensions between the feudal framework and the embryonic modernity of Tokugawa society make a fascinating case study in the non-Western world of what is to be modern. To do so, we shall follow a cross disciplinary approach: history, politics, sociology, economy, religion, arts and literature.
ASNS2642 Modern Korea

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level Prohibitions: ASNS2502 Assessment: 1x500wd tutorial presentation (10%), 12x30wd quizzes and participation (10%), 2x800wd exam (40%), 1x2000wd essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to introduce some of the major issues in the history of Korea in the late 19th century and the last century. Topics include contradictions of the late Choson dynasty society; opening of Korea to the West and Japan and the attendant wave of reforms and rebellions; Japan's colonial rule; Korea's fight for freedom; liberation and division of Korea in 1945 and the subsequent process of nation-building in the two Koreas.
ASNS2661 History of Modern Indonesia

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (45%), 1x2hr Exam (45%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the history of Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, emphasizing the interaction between Islam, nationalism and democracy. The unit traces these forces impact on the formation of modern Indonesia from the late nineteenth century, highlighting the experience and legacy of colonialism, the independence struggle, and the rise and fall of military rule. Particular attention is given to changing notions of national identity, debates about the place of Islam in the polity and authoritarianism and democratisation.
ASNS2663 Social Activism in Southeast Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points from Table A Assessment: 1x500wd tutorial paper (10%), 1x1000wd essay portfolio (15%), 1x2000wd research essay (50%), 1x1000wd in-class test (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines country-specific and transnational social movements in Southeast Asia, including those focused on labour, women, the environment, and identity. During the semester we will explore how these movements emerged, what they have sought to achieve and how successful they have been in promoting social change in the Southeast Asian region. The unit adopts a multidisciplinary approach based on contemporary case study material from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore.
Textbooks
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ASNS2665 Understanding Southeast Asia

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 26hr online instruction and activities/semester . Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points Assessment: 5x200wd content quizzes (15%), 1x1000wd briefing paper (25%), 1x1500wd case study exercise (30%), 1x2500wd essay (30%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit of study introduces Southeast Asia. It emphasises the importance of geographical, political, economic, social and cultural context to our understanding of complex real-world problems. Having gained insight into these aspects of contemporary Southeast Asia, students learn to apply an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of challenges faced by the region such as economic and social inequality, environmental management, food security and urbanisation.
ASNS2669 Field Study in Southeast Asia

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive December Classes: 16 hours total pre-departure training; 80 hours total in-country component Prerequisites: 24 credit points in the Asian Studies major Assessment: participation (10%), 1x1000wd annotated bibliography (20%), 1x1500wd field diary (15%), 1x1500wd group assignment (25%), 1x2000wd essay (30%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit requires departmental permission: students require approval to enrol in this course after having been through the selective interview process and been offered a place on this overseas field study.
Students will travel to Southeast Asia to undertake supervised, in-country field study. Focusing on a complex, real-world issue, students will consider the issue from a multidisciplinary perspective, including geographical, political, economic, social and cultural. While in the destination country, students will work in multidisciplinary groups to conduct research.
ASNS2672 Japan in East Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level Assessment: 2x250wd quiz (10%), 1x2000wd essay (20%), 1x1500wd exam (40%), 1x500wd tutorial presentation (20%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit places the modern and contemporary history of Japan within its East Asian context. We will examine a number of key events and subjects pertaining to the relations between Japan, China and Korea. Doing so we will touch sensitive and controversial topics, become aware of differing views of history prevalent in these countries and understand why the historical question constitutes a major political issue in East Asia.
Textbooks
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ARHT2640 Contemporary Asian Art

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Critical Studies Prohibitions: ARHT2040 Assessment: 1x1000wd visual test (20%), 1x1500wd analysis of key term or area (30%), 1x2000wd essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores contemporary art from across Asia since World War II. The unit places artistic developments, curatorial practice, and artworks within the context of rapid geo-political and socio-cultural change, particularly exploring the effects of nationalism and globalisation.
ARHT2645 Arts in Imperial China

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Critical Studies Assessment: 1x750wd descriptive analysis exercise (15%), 1x1500wd comparative analysis exercise (30%), 1x2250wd research exercise (45%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the art, architecture and material culture of dynastic China (ca. 3000 BCE-1900), contextualizing works within the region's diverse social, political and cultural histories. The unit foregrounds focused interpretation of individual works through visual and material analysis.
CHNS2003 Gender and Women in Chinese Literature

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Chinese Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studiesor CHNS2601 or CHNS2001 or CHNS3601 or CHNS3000 Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 2x 500wds short writing assignments (10%), 1x 500wd essay proposal (10%), 2x equivalent to 500wds class presentations (15%), 1x 1500wd essay (25%), 1x equivalent to 1000wds in-class test (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What does it mean to be a woman or a man in a Chinese culture? We will explore this question as reflected in Chinese literary tradition, examining how Chinese ideas of gender influence literary representations of education, family, sexuality, life aspirations, class difference, and cultural others.
CHNS2004 Introduction to Chinese Literature

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week , 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Chinese Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in ICLSor CHNS2601 or CHNS2001 or CHNS3601 or CHNS3000 Assessment: 1x Tutorial participation (10%), 2x 30min in-class written tests equivalent to 1000wds total (40%), 12x 100wds journal (12%), 1x 300wd essay proposal (10%), 1x equivalent to 500wd oral presentation (8%), 1x 1500wd essay (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will provide a survey of Chinese literature in cultural context from its earliest beginnings to the present day, including poetry, literary prose, drama, and fiction. All readings will be in English translation, with the additional option of consulting the original Chinese.
CHNS2011 Religion and Martial-Arts Fiction

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Chinese Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studiesor CHNS2601 or CHNS2001 or CHNS3601 or CHNS3000 Assessment: 1xtutorial presentation (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1xquiz (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1x2000wd written assignment (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces the modern genre of Chinese literature, the martial-arts fiction (wuxia xiaoshuo) and the role played by Chinese religion in shaping the features of the genre. With reference to works of the New School of martial-arts fiction, it investigates the religious contexts of martial-arts fiction, the impact of Chinese religious traditions on the genre, and the representation of traditional Chinese culture and spirituality in the modern world.
CHNS2613 Communication and Social Change in China

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Chinese Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies or CHNS2601 or CHNS2001 or CHNS3601 or CHNS3000 Assessment: 1xcase study presentation (equivalent to 500wds) (20%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (equivalent to 1500wds) (30%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the relationship between communication and social change in contemporary China, inclusive of mainland China, Hong Kong, and regional sites. Students will learn about selected major events and trends in Chinese societies. They will also learn about the use of communications, including new media, in selected major events. Theories that examine the consequences of communication on community development and democratic participation will be introduced.
CHNS2614 Understanding News About China

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in the Chinese Studies or Asian Studies major Assessment: 1x2500wd news comparison report (50%), 1x1000wd in-class news presentation (25%), 2x250wd equivalent news discussion preparation (15%), 5x100wd short quizzes (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit helps students understand China by encouraging students to familiarise themselves with what is reported in news about the country. It helps students understand what they learn from news is influenced by the institutions and processes of news production, which are discussed in the context of traditional news media and non-mainstream news sites, in China and in foreign countries. Concepts used in news analysis and evaluation will be introduced to guide students read and compare news reports critically. No Chinese-language skill is required in the unit.
Textbooks
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HSTY2640 Twentieth-Century China

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points each in either History or Asian Studies Prohibitions: HSTY3071 or HSTY3072 Assessment: 1x500wd tutorial paper (10%), 1x250wd research bibliography (5%), 1x250wd Essay outline (5%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In the 1920s, China was likened to a sleeping lion - one whose roar would shake the world when it awoke. This prediction has already proved true more than once. Why was China ever said to be "asleep"? How did a whole nation awaken, to what, and with what results? This unit of study traces the forces of nationalism and revolution through China's tumultuous twentieth century. We focus upon making sense, in Chinese terms, of events that outsiders have found baffling.
KRNS2641 Premodern Korean History and Culture

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in the Korean Studies or Asian Studies major Prohibitions: ASNS2641 Assessment: 1x540wd tutorial presentation (10%), 12x30wd online quizzes and participation (10%), 2x800wd in-class exam (40%), 1x2000wd essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study provides a comprehensive overview of premodern Korean history and culture from ancient times to the 19th century. Students will study the emergence of prehistoric communal societies; formation of Three Kingdoms; politics and culture of Koryo and Choson dynasties. Topics of discussion include legends, cultural heritage, religious ideology, social customs, political organizations, gender relations, class structure, and social uprisings. Students will read scholarly works, study literary and historical texts in translation, and watch historical films and dramas.
Textbooks
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3000-level units of study

ASNS3001 Youth and Language in Southeast Asia

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online unit equivalent to 2hr teaching per week (1x1hr lecture/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week) Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Indonesian Studies Prohibitions: ASNS2001 Assessment: 10x 100wd online participation (20%), 1x 1000wd essay portfolio (20%), 1x 3000wd research assignment (40%), 1x equivalent to 1000wd oral presentation (20%) Mode of delivery: Online
This advanced unit explores key issues in the relationship between youth, language, and society in insular Southeast Asia. It equips students with the major theories and analytical tools for analysing youth language practices in a range of contexts and their relation to language use and cultural practices in wider society.
ASNS3111 The Material Culture of Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr online content/week, 1x1hr live session/week ,1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studies or Chinese Studies or Indonesian Studies or Sanskrit or History or Ancient History or International and Global Studies or Art History Assessment: 1x1000wd presentation (20%), 1x500wd caption exercise (15%), 1x1000wd mid-term test (25%), 1x2000wd final essay (30%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The buildings, technologies, gardens, symbols, weapons and arts of Asia reveal much about the region's history and culture. This unit examines these and other material objects with the aim of exploring sweeping traits that tie Asian societies together into cohesive cultural streams indicative of shared religions, languages, and practices.
Textbooks
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ASNS3616 Japanese Cinema and Society

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1 film screening/week (film viewing is mandatory but can be organised by students independently) Prerequisites: 6 Senior credit points in Asian Studies or 18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011 Prohibitions: JPNS3675 Assessment: 3x1200wd total film blog (20%), 1x900wd film review (15%), 1x2400wd film essay (40%), 1x15hr semester exam (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces you to the history of Japanese film production with a focus on theory, criticism and reception. Films will be discussed according to themes and genres, and read in their sociopolitical contexts. It provides an initiated understanding of one of the most important film traditions in an international perspective.
ASNS3618 Popular China

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Senior credit points of Asian Studies) or (12 Senior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 senior credit points of Anthropology) Assessment: 1x1000wd presentation (25%), 1x1000wd short Essay (25%), 1x500wd abstract and bibliography (10%), 1x2000wd final Essay (30%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces students to popular culture in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora. From film to television, from music to theatre, from print media to the Internet and from popular literature to visual arts, this unit explores popular Chinese culture as it is generated in Chinese societies and lived by Chinese people. It will cover a range of critical and theoretical perspectives to analyse these phenomena.
ASNS3670 Mass Media in East Asia

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Korean Studies Prohibitions: ASNS2670 or ASNS2600 Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1x 1000wd presentation with written work (20%), 1x 1500wd essay (30%), 1x 2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the media industry, processes, policies and practices in selected countries in East Asia, namely Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. It takes a comparative approach to explore political, social, cultural and technological factors that affect the development of media in this dynamic region. The unit covers various aspects of old and new media in the region, such as the historical development of media, state-media and corporate-media relationships, the transformation of media industries, technological convergence and its implications.
ASNS3690 Approaches to Research in Asian Studies

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Asian Studies Prohibitions: CHNS3902 or INMS3902 or JPNS3902 or ASNS3902 Assessment: Classwork (20%), 1x3000wd research proposal (40%), 1xbibliographical exercise (equivalent to 1000wds) (10%), 1xpresentation based on draft proposal (10%), critical reviews or other Written assignments (equivalent to 2000wds) (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit gives students the opportunity to undertake broad background reading in theory and methodology relevant to Asian Studies. The unit trains students to discuss published work exemplifying a range of approaches to humanistic and/or social scientific research. It thus provides models on which students can draw in creating their own research proposal.
ARHT3646 Modern Art in East Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Critical Studies Prohibitions: ARHT2646 Assessment: 1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x1000wd visual analysis (40%), 1x1000wd oral presentation and paper (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit investigates key debates about the visual culture of East Asia in the early modern and modern eras. The impact of profound political and social changes on cultural identity will be explored in depth. We also consider the role of art in addressing evolving identities and increasing globalisation in the region.
Textbooks
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ARHT3663 Gender and Sexuality in Asian Art History

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/wk Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Critical Studies Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1x 500wd Visual Analysis Exercise (15%), 1x 1500wd Tutorial Presentation (25%), 1x 2500wd Final Research Paper (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit investigates issues of gender and sexuality in art, visual culture and art history in modern and contemporary Asia from the 19th century to the present. Students will explore women- and/or queer-centred histories of the production and reception of art, and the rise of feminist and queer art and art history in parts of Asia.
CHNS3111 Global Chinese Literatures

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Chinese Studies or Asian Studiesor CHNS3000 or CHNS3601 Assessment: 1x 1500wd in-class test (30%), 1x 1500wd essay (30%), 1x 1000wd tutorial project (20%), x class participation (10%), 1x 500wd essay proposal (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines a global range of Chinese-language literatures from the last forty years and from various regions of Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the West, including Australia. Literary texts will be placed in social and political contexts.
CHNS3633 Topics in Chinese Literature 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 2x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in Chinese Studies or Asian Studies or 6 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in International and Comparative Literary Studies Assessment: 1x1500wd in-class test (30%), 1x500wd essay proposal (10%), 1x1000wd tutorial project (20%), 1x1500wd essay (30%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines a range of Chinese-language works of fiction, poetry, and drama in the 20th Century including works by key figures such as Lu Xun, Eileen Chang, and Lao She. Texts will be placed in the social and political context of their period, when literature was considered a key tool for the modernisation of Chinese society.
Textbooks
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CHNS3639 Chinese Cinema

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week and 2-3 hours film screening Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in Chinese Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in Asian Studies Assessment: Classwork (10%), Oral Presentation plus written report of 500wds (30%), 1x1hr in-class test (20%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces students to the cinema of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We will view representative films of different periods and different regions, and read them within their historical and cultural context. We will explore how these films blend "traditional Chinese" and local elements -- plots, symbols, sound, music, performance styles and others -- with "modern" and "global" devices. We will also examine how Chinese cinema thus creates new definitions of Chinese identity and modernity.

Interdisciplinary Project unit of study

If you are completing two majors and both of your majors are from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please select the Interdisciplinary Impact unit of study for your first major, and the Industry and Community Project unit of study for your second major.
If you are completing two majors but only one of your majors is from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please select the Interdisciplinary Impact unit of study for that major.
If you are completing one major only and that major is from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, please select the Interdisciplinary Impact unit of study for your major.
ASNS3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive December,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: Completion of at least 90 credit points Prohibitions: Interdisciplinary Impact in another major Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Intensive December
Interdisciplinarity is a key skill in fostering agility in life and work. This unit provides learning experiences that build students' skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of their disciplinary background to interdisciplinary contexts. In this unit, students will work in teams and develop interdisciplinarity skills through problem-based learning projects responding to 'real world problems'.
ASNS3998 Industry and Community Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive February,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: Interdisciplinary Impact in any major. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This interdisciplinary unit provides students with the opportunity to address complex problems identified by industry, community, and government organisations, and gain valuable experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. In collaboration with a major industry partner and an academic lead, students integrate their academic skills and knowledge by working in teams with students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. This experience allows students to research, analyse and present solutions to a real¿world problem, and to build on their interpersonal and transferable skills by engaging with and learning from industry experts and presenting their ideas and solutions to the industry partner.