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This subject focuses on the emergence of cultural studies as a distinct disciplinary formation in Asia over the past twenty years, and introduces students to this new field's key approaches to the analysis of contemporary cultures. It introduces recent work on intra-Asian cultural flows, colonial histories, postcoloniality, neo-colonialism and cultural globalisation in the Asian region, and explores cultural studies' engagement with emergent Asian public cultures. Students will learn about current approaches to sites and practices including television drama, popular and new-wave cinemas, new social movements, popular music and urban space across locations that may include South Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Singapore and India. On completion of this subject students should have an understanding of the major directions in cultural studies scholarship in Asia today.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, student should be able to:
- comprehend the emergence of Asian cultural studies as a distinct disciplinary formation over the past twenty years;
- demonstrate familiarity with key methods within this new field, including new critical and historical approaches to colonialism, post-coloniality and neo-colonialism in Asian contexts, analysis of intra-Asian cultural flows, and cultural studies' engagement with emergent Asian public cultures; and
- appreciate key conceptual concerns within Asian cultural studies, including relations among local, national, global and regional levels of cultural organization, and the transforming meaning of 'Asia', itself in today's world.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- social, ethical, and cultural understanding of self and others through detailed analysis of contemporary culture in its various local, national and transnational contexts, the reception of new ideas and the contextualisation of judgments, the adaptation of knowledge to new situations;
- critical analysis and synthesis through the study of competing theories of contemporary culture and their application to diverse examples, the engagement with and processing of different critical perspectives across the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies, the development of independent thought and arguments;
- effective written and oral communication through seminar discussions and debates, the preparation and execution of written assessment exercises, exposure to and emulation of competing genres and protocols of critical writing;
- information management and information literacy through the practice of library and archival research and engagement with electronic databases;
- teamwork, flexibility, and tolerance through group discussions in seminars, reception of new ideas and opinions, engaging and cooperating with other people from diverse backgrounds; and
- time management and planning through managing and organizing workloads for recommended reading, seminar presentations, and assessment requirements.
Last updated: 6 December 2019