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Semester 2 - Dual-Delivery
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This subject examines the challenges and opportunities associated with change across Asia, with particular reference to South Asia – including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bhutan.
The subject begins with an introduction to key dimensions of Asia’s history and current cultural, economic, social, and political characteristics, drawing comparisons between South Asia and other regions. The subject then examines what we can learn about culture, politics and development through a focus on South Asia, South-East Asia and East Asia, and in relation to five questions (two weeks per question). (1) To what extent has the market-focused reform of Asian economies transformed the standing of these countries, reduced poverty, and generated hope, and how is South Asia faring relative to other parts of Asia? (2) How should we understand the relationship between democracy and authoritarianism in Asia and how new social movements and mobilizations reshaping Asia and creating new ideas about ‘hope’? (3) How are Asian countries engaging with environmental threats, incorporating perspectives from environmental science? (4) How does South Asia influence global culture, for example through yoga, the growth of Bollywood, and in areas such as art and design – and what opportunities does such cultural practice open up for global engagement? (5) How has Covid-19 affected culture, politics, and development in Asia, incorporating perspectives from the Nossal Institute of Global Health?
Throughout the subject, we will encourage students to reflect on the different forms of evidence (quantitative, qualitative, textual, visual, historical etc.) that are used to develop an understanding of challenges and hope in Asia.
Throughout we also reflect on the nature of young people’s lives in Asia and the connecting theme of ‘hope’.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Collate, summarise, and evaluate scholarly work relating to South Asia and Asia more broadly.
- Identify different disciplinary approaches to the study of Asia, including work that uses large data sets and in-depth case studies.
- Apply a comparative perspective to the study of Asia,
- Illustrate why it is important to be studying South Asia and Asia more broadly, and
- Work with students from diverse backgrounds and appreciate different personal approaches to understanding and engaging with Asia.
Upon successful completion of this subject, students will have skills in:
- Reading, presenting, and synthesising scholarly research
- Conducting library searches for relevant literatures
- Analysing conceptual ideas
- Thinking across different contexts to identify comparative opportunities
- Reflecting on different disciplinary approaches
- Appreciation of the value of different students' perspectives
Last updated: 3 December 2022