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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, and what its impact has been both inside and outside Asia. The subject will address the regions, issues and groups and individuals that are being included in the ‘Asian Century’ as well the people and problems that have generally been left out. Topics that are covered include politics, business, culture, society, class, gender, the media, migration and international relations.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of traditions, ideologies and contemporary developments in the Asian region
- Acquire the ability to use interdisciplinary frameworks to engage critically with key issues in contemporary Asia
- Develop foundational research skills in the analysis of critical issues in the Asian region
- Gain the ability to set goals and manage time and priorities and work effectively both independently and in groups.
Last updated: 1 December 2023