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Undergraduate | LTU-AST3CIA-2023

Critical Issues in Contemporary Asia

Study method

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Entry requirements

Prior study needed


12 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

  1. Analyse local social and cultural groups and institutions in Asia in relation to historical and contemporary global processes.
  2. Engage in peer teaching/learning activities in pairs and in groups.
  3. Evaluate diverse positions and/or arguments regarding a relevant topic in Asian Studies.
  4. Identify and evaluate the ethical and moral implications of key stereotypes and ideas as they relate to Asian societies.
  5. Summarise research and arguments on a relevant topic in Asian Studies.
    • • Economic, social and educational development in East Asia (China, Japan and North Korea).
    • • Political, linguistic and religious issues in Southeast Asia and South Asia.
    • • The environmental, cultural and geopolitical transformation of the Himalaya.
    • • Maritime disputes in East China Sea and South China Sea.
    • • The role of Iran and Pakistan in Afghanistan’s conflict.
  • The aim of the subject is to explore the diversity of Asia, problematize the neat categories and ideas that underpin popular perceptions about 'Asia', while showcasing the research expertise of those working within Asia within the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Among the issues explored are: nationalism, multiculturalism, identities, youth, the widening gaps in wealth distribution, religion, education, poverty alleviation, and the role of technology, media, and language in these processes. In exploring these issues, we sketch out the relationships between them. While the disciplinary backgrounds we take to these questions include sociology, anthropology, linguistics, education, cultural studies, religion and philosophical studies, and political science, it will become evident that answers to these questions require a multidisciplinary approach.

    • Final reflective essay (1500 words equivalent) (30%)
    • 10 x weekly diagnostic LMS quizzes (1000 words equivalent). (20%)
    • 2 x Critical analysis writing tasks (750 words each - total 1500 words equivalent) (50%)
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Entry requirements


Prerequisites: 30 credit points of level two subjects

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

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