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Asian Arts: Networks and Hubs (ASIA20004)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeASIA20004
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject investigates the political, social and cultural significance of the arts in contemporary Asia. Throughout Asia, visual and performing arts function as entertainment, communicative medium, commodity, religious ritual, political act and as sites for social conflict and accord. Diverse genres are examined as local, national, and transnational phenomena, which play key roles in the construction of individual and collective identities. Notions of the ‘traditional’ and the ‘contemporary’ are investigated and students become familiar with different analytical and aesthetic approaches to the study of the arts as social phenomena that can break down as well as create social barriers, national borders, and urban-regional divides.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject, students should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate literature on the arts in Asia;
  • Utilise appropriate theoretical approaches in analysing the role of arts, artists and audience in society;
  • Interpret the role of social, political, historical and cultural contexts for Asian visual and performing arts, both domestically and internationally;
  • Critically evaluate concepts such as ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’ and understand how such concepts are constructed and contested in society;
  • Communicate results of research on a topic related to the arts and Asia.

Generic skills

Upon the completion of this subject, students will have develop the following generic skills:

  • Written communication skills through essay writing;
  • Public speaking skills through presentations and seminar participations;
  • Research skills through competent use of the library, and other information sources and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research;
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining strength of an argument.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • 2 review essays (1000 words, 25% each). Due early and mid-semester (50%)
  • A research essay, 2000 words, due during the examination period (50%)
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
  • Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Materials (a course reader) will be supplied by the Institute.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 18 July 2019