Ethnic Questions in East and South East Asia - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Invigilated Exam (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit introduces some issues relating to ethnicity minorities in East and South East Asia, (especially in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Japan). The unit will include some historical material and the broad focus is on political aspects. However, there is also some coverage of social issues. 

Emphasis is also placed on understanding current ethnic issues in light of the historical context. While the assessment in the unit includes an essay and an exam, there is also a current issue paper that allows students some freedom to explore and analyse a relevant issue that interests them.      

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe and analyse ethnic affairs in East and Southeast Asia in both a historical and contemporary perspective
  2. better understand the politics of ethnic issues in Asia.    
  3. write a coherent essay and argue a case revolving around issues concerned with ethnic issues in East and Southeast Asia
  4. relate the unit material to current affairs regarding various ethnic minorities in Asia
  • Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Report (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

While there are no mandatory prerequisites, students need to be have developed the skills to write essays at university level.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1China's ethnic minorities: some historical coverage
2China's policy towards ethnic minorities
3China's minorities: economic & demographic issues
4China's ethnic minorities: social issues
5Vietnamese minorities: history and policy
6Vietnamese minorities: economy, population & society
7Japan's 'hidden' minorities
8Ethnic issues in Indonesia
9Ethnicity & the state in SE Asia
10Ethnic issues & IR in East & SE Asia

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Ethnicity In Asia


    ISBN: 9780415258173


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