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ASNS1601: Introduction to Asian Cultures

This unit introduces cultures of Asia across time, from the Ramayana to K-Pop. The curriculum aims to provide essential knowledge and skills necessary for more detailed study of Asia, including through laying the groundwork for comparative investigation of trans-Asian phenomena. Topics and themes include: religion, ritual, and philosophy; sacred kings and capitals; hierarchy and social order; family, kinship and gender systems; high art, literature and popular culture. This unit will demonstrate how deep cultural trends relate to contemporary Asian cultures.

Code ASNS1601
Academic unit Asian Studies
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate awareness of key elements relevant to the study of Asian culture.
  • LO2. Describe—both orally and in writing—the key traits of Asia’s major cultural developments.
  • LO3. Apply the concept of a 'trans-national' approach to different Asian societies.
  • LO4. Challenge dominant narratives about Asia, demonstrating an awareness of complexity and change over time.