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This subject explores the interlocking themes of identity and ideology in a variety of Asian contexts. It examines how the ways in which people define themselves - 'identities'- are affected by socially-structured systems of thought - 'ideologies'. National ideologies and identities from across the Asian region will be explored in conjunction with study of ethnic, religious, class, gender, and regional forms of identity and ideology.
Intended learning outcomes
- Students acquire a broad knowledge of traditions, ideologies and contemporary developments in the Asian region through extensive reading in and discussion of relevant academic scholarship in Asian Studies.
- Students develop the ability to use interdisciplinary frameworks to engage critically with key issues in contemporary Asia by reading materials from a wide range of disciplines including history, anthropology, cultural studies, political economy, literary and religious studies.
- Students acquire foundational research skills in the analysis of critical issues in the Asian region through individual research projects developed in the course of the semester.
- Students develop cross-cultural skills to work effectively with people from different cultures through seminar discussion utilizing the knowledge, experience and cultural backgrounds of the students themselves.
- Students acquire the ability to set goals and manage time and priorities and work effectively both independently and in groups through their development of the research project that is the basis of the assessment.
- High level skills in research and analysis
- Capacity to understand complex social questions in a global and multi-cultural context
- Capacity to present complex ideas and original research findings in both oral and written form
Last updated: 6 December 2019