School of Languages and Cultures

Asian Studies

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2014 academic year unless otherwise specified.

This subject is taught by the School of Languages and Cultures.

Overview

Asia is the wellspring of many of the world's richest and most enduring civilisations. More than half of humankind lives in Asia. How do you begin to learn more about Islam in Indonesia, Gandhi and non-violence, Korean cinema, manga, doing business in Hong Kong, international relations, colonialism and communism?

The Asian Studies Bachelor of Arts (BA) major gives you the scope and flexibility to combine everything from Political Science to Music in one degree. You start with a broad course in the first year designed to explore the complexities of New Zealand's engagement with 'Asia' from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The Asian Studies major then offers so many directions that the hardest part of planning your degree will be choosing what fascinates you the most.

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Undergraduate information

BA major requirements

  • ASIA 101 and a further 20 approved 100-level points
  • ASIA 201 and a further 20 approved 200-level points
  • ASIA 301 and a further 20 approved 300-level points

In addition to all courses with an ASIA listing, courses from the schedule below are also approved:

300-level courses

Please note: courses marked with an asterisk (*) must have Course Coordinator and Programme Director approval to be counted for the Asian Studies Major. The asterisked FILM courses (Film Cultures) will be approved only when the relevant national cinema is from Asia.

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Postgraduate information

Postgraduate Qualifications in Asian Studies

For information specific to Asian Studies, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject using our Request for Study Material form.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' Student and Academic Services Office for information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites.

Asian Studies courses are taught within the School of Languages and CulturesAsian Studies Programme Staff.

School Office: Room 610, von Zedlitz Bldg, tel: 04-463 5293, email: slc@vuw.ac.nz.

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List of courses

For a complete course listing, please see the list of Asian Studies courses.


100 Level Courses

ASIA 101 – Introduction to Asian Studies

ASIA 102 – Introduction to the Cultures of Malaysia and Indonesia


200 Level Courses

ASIA 201 – Contemporary Asian Society

ASIA 202 – Malay World and Civilisation

ASIA 203 – Modern Korean Society

ASIA 204 – Special Topic

ASIA 207 – East Asian Politics

ASIA 208 – Chinese Society and Culture through Film


300 Level Courses

ASIA 301 – Nation and Nationalism in Asia

ASIA 302 – Selected Topic: Directed Individual Study

ASIA 303 – Selected Topics in the Study of Malaysia

ASIA 304 – Modern Korean Society


400 Level Courses

ASIA 401 – Methods and Issues in Asian Studies

ASIA 402 – Studies in Contemporary Research on Asia

ASIA 489 – Research Project