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  • Debating Science in SocietyHPSC10003

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    The university is not just a place to learn facts, it is also a place of argument, where ideas are contested. In this subject students will attend debates conducted by academics arguing about some of the most important issues in contemporary science and society. The subject places scientific deba...

  • Aboriginal Land, Law and PhilosophyAIND20005

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    Aboriginal Land, Law and Philosophy will provide students who have completed the first year introductory MULT10001 Aboriginalities subject with a more detailed and complex understanding of some of the key themes in this study area. It will utilise the physical, symbolic and metaphysical role of l...

  • Aboriginal Cultural StudiesAIND30010

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject studies Aboriginal dance, theatre and popular music, cultural and sporting festivals; governmental arts funding agencies; and Aboriginal arts organisations. It focuses on theoretical and political issues which arise from Aboriginal culture being both a commodity and a vehicle of Indi...

  • Electricity: An Experimental HistoryHPSC20022

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This subject will study the early history of electricity between 1730 and 1830 by replicating historical experiments. Today, electricity is ubiquitous, modern society relies on it. Electricity is also considered to be dangerous. During the 18th century electricity was regarded in a very different...

  • Language and Power in Asian SocietiesASIA10001

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject examines the intimate relationship between language and society in the historical and contemporary contexts of three internationally strategic regions: East Asia, insular Southeast Asia, and the Arabic world. It will explore recurring themes such as the relationship of language to po...

  • Asian Century: Meaning and ImpactASIA10002

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    The emergence of Asia as a global economic force has instigated the discourse of the ‘Asian Century’ in international media and policy papers. This subject will examine to what extent this discourse is in line with developments in the real world, in whose interests the discourse is being used, an...

  • Contemporary KoreaASIA20006

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This subject is designed for students who are new to Korean studies. It covers a broad range of contemporary Korean affairs, including history, philosophy, politics, security, economy and socio-cultural issues since its independence from Japan in 1945. Each lecture will introduce one thematic iss...

  • Indonesian Politics and SocietyASIA20005

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This unit addresses the politics of modern Indonesia in relation to broader social developments and the changing global context. Students will learn about the evolution of Indonesian politics from the early post-colonial period, through to the authoritarian New Order and the current democratic er...

  • Human Rights in Southeast AsiaASIA90001

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This seminar will focus on human rights and its critics from a historical and comparative perspective. We will explore the factors that have given rise to radically different conception of rights and justice (i.e. political, economic, cultural, religious, ideological) and look at their implementa...

  • Media and Urban Culture in AsiaASIA20001

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject examines the media in Asian contexts. It will focus on the role of the media in creating and representing politics, social movements, popular expression and economic development. Students will develop an understanding of the interplay between the media and the dramatic changes that h...

  • Corruption in AsiaASIA30004

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    Corruption is widely considered to be a major obstacle to sustainable economic and social development in Asia. This subject examines the notion of corruption and the analytical frameworks that scholars, policy-makers and activists have used to understand it. It also analyses the nature, magnitude...

  • Contemporary ChinaASIA90017

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This subject provides a broad-based overview of contemporary China, exploring key features of the country's increasingly complex and dynamic society. Topics covered include the economy, environmental challenges, political processes, cultural change, civil society, and China’s engagement with the ...

  • China and the EnvironmentASIA90016

    Offered:Semester 2Year:2019

    This subject provides an introduction to the key environmental challenges in contemporary China and to China’s environmental governance. The subject is structured around four topics: water resources, land resources, air pollution, and energy and climate change. For each of these topics lectures a...

  • History and Philosophy of MuseumsAHIS90005

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject examines the growth of the museum from its origins in the wunderkammer and antiquarian collections of the 16th century to the dynamic and constantly shifting field of possibilities available to museums today. The subject charts the progression of the museum from the private collectio...

  • Art History Thesis Part 1AHIS40023

    Offered:Semester 1, Semester 2Year:2019

    Students are required to write a thesis of 15,000 words on a topic approved by the supervisor. Enrolment in the thesis is across two consecutive semesters and students must enrol in the subject in each semester to ensure they are meeting the full 50 point requirement for the year-long subject.

  • Contemporary Art in ChinaAHIS40013

    Offered:JulyYear:2019

    This subject is taught on location in a major art centre (the subject may be taught one year in China, or another year in New York, or in other destinations, as appropriate), using the social, economic, geographical and cultural effects of the art centre as a case study of historical and contempo...

  • European Renaissance ArtAHIS20011

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    The subject explores the art and culture of Renaissance Europe between 1300 and 1600, with a particular focus on Italy, France, and Spain. This is one of the most pivotal periods in the history of art, when many of our contemporary ideas about art and artists were coming into being. Topics to be ...

  • Arts of East AsiaAHIS20021

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject will introduce students to the mediums, genres, and vocabulary of pre-modern Chinese, Japanese, and Korean visual culture. Weekly lectures and tutorials will focus on either a specific medium (ink painting, calligraphy, ceramics, timber frame architecture, urban landscape, gardens) o...

  • Art History Thesis Part 2AHIS40024

    Offered:Semester 1, Semester 2Year:2019

    Refer to AHIS40023 Art History Thesis Part 1 for details.

  • Postcolonial Visual ArtAHIS40006

    Offered:Semester 1Year:2019

    This subject focuses on contemporary cross-cultural visual art in relation to its colonial heritage. Responses to the colonial archive are a significant current in late 20th and early 21st century culture. In many different contexts and in a range of visual media (film, photography and painting) ...