An Introduction to Asia

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    An Introduction to Asia

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course will provide an accessible multi-disciplinary introduction to the study of the East and Southeast Asian region. The course will examine themes in the region's history, and its processes of social, cultural, political and economic change. The course will also analyse the region's international relations, and in particular its relations with Australia. These countries just to the North of Australia contain some of the most colourful and the complex societies in the world. These issues are introduced in a series of themes that are presented in six broad areas: Studying Asia; Tradition and Modernity in East and Southeast Asian Societies; History and Politics in East and South East Asia; Economic Growth and Economic Challenge; International Relations and their Impact on East and South East Asia; Australia and Asia.The course also encourages you to take an interest in the current affairs of the region.

    Course Introduction
    1008IBA An Introduction to Asia aims to provide an accessible and visual introduction to a number of important themes in the study of the East and Southeast Asian region. The course examines the region?s history, social change, international relations, and political and economic processes, and encourages students to take an interest in current affairs in the region.

    Course Aims
    The course functions as a foundation for further studies of Asia. We hope you find the course informative, entertaining and challenging. It covers a wide range of issues concerning the countries of East and South-east Asia. These countries just to the North of Australia contain some of the most colourful and the complex societies in the world.

    These issues are introduced in a series of themes outlined below:

    • Studying Asia
    • Tradition and Modernity in East and Southeast Asian Societies
    • History and Politics in East and South East Asia
    • Economic Growth and Economic Challenge
    • International Relations and their Impact on East and South East Asia
    • Rise of China
    • Emerging Indonesia
    • Australia and Asia
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 develop an interest in Asia
    2 develop the habit of keeping informed on current affairs in Asia
    3 acquire some basic information on Asia's societies, value systems, political and economic systems and process, and international relations
    4 gain an appreciation of some important themes in contemporary Asia such as the struggle for democracy and human rights, and the impact of globalisation
    5 develop report and essay writing skills
    6 acquire some understanding of the many intellectual approaches that inform the way we think about Asia
    7 identify and problematise some of the ways in which the west has thought about Asia

    Assessment Plan
    Exam - selected response - Mid-Semester Exam 25%/50
    Assignment - Written Assignment - Essay - Asia Media Report 35%/70
    Exam - constructed response - Final Exam 40%/40

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.