The Making of Modern Asia
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- 31 Jul 2023
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Critically analyse how the making of modern Asia connect to the history and the present in Asian societies, as well as how to envisage new futures in Asia.
Analyse changing and contested nature of the internal and external cultural and political boundaries of contemporary Asia.
Discuss the diversity of social experience and cultural traditions that have contributed to contemporary Asia.
Construct a critical argument or narrative in oral and written forms about the making of modern Asian nations, such as China, Japan, South Korea, India, Pakistan and Indonesia etc.
Investigate the problems of the Asian Century and Asia Literacy to develop future career skills.
- • Modern Asian history.
- • Asian culture, economy, and politics.
- • Nationalism and nation Building.
- • Asian Languages.
- • Postcolonial theory.
- • Environmental studies.
- • International Relations.
Prerequisites: 15 credit points of any first year Asian Studies subject or 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject.
No additional requirements
The twenty-first century is already being called the Asian Century. What were the countries and peoples we call Asia like 100 years ago, at the start of the twentieth century? How did they change across the century? And how did this process influence their current prosperity and sense of national identity? The subject will survey the major social, political and cultural changes of the past 100 years of so, including European colonisation, the impact of the expansion of Japan and the Second World War, the rise of Asian nationalisms and the wars of independence, consolidation of national political regimes, economic development and modernisation, the rapid recent rise of China and India.
- Oral Presentation during tutorial, that covers the week's lecture material in addition to one of the week's assigned readings. (20%)
- Weekly Quiz: A Brief (50 word) response to the week's lecture and reading material, to be submitted via the LMS (20%)
- 800-word short reflection on The Making of East Asia. (15%)
- 800-word short reflection on the Making of South, Southeast, or Central Asia (15%)
- 2000-word major essay (30%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.