School of Languages and Cultures

Asian Studies

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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


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 Chinese cinema, Gandhi and non-violence, Islam in Indonesia, K-pop, NZ-ASEAN relations, Japanese manga, doing business in Hong Kong, colonialism and communism?

Victoria's Asian Studies major within the Bachelor of Arts (BA) 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 that explores the complexities of New Zealand's engagement with 'Asia' from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Asia is undergoing unprecedented economic and social transformation and our relationships with the region require sophisticated levels of knowledge and understanding. Prepare yourself for the new global reality with this flexible and contemporary major.

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Undergraduate information

Asian Studies major requirements

  1. ASIA 101 and a further 20 approved 100-level points
  2. ASIA 201 and a further 20 approved 200-level points
  3. 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:

100-level courses

200-level courses

300-level courses

Other approved courses but not offered in 2016200-level courses

300-level courses

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

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If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjectsCareers

Cultural Anthropology
Development Studies
International Business
Political Science
Religious Studies
Tourism Management

Finance and banking
International aid
International business

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List of courses

Asian Studies courses are taught within the School of Languages and Cultures. The School Office is located in Room 610, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn campus.

Meet staff who teach in the Asian Studies Programme or contact the School for more information, tel: 04-463 5293, email:

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

100 Level Courses

ASIA 101 – Introduction to Asian Studies

FHSS 110 – Reading the World: Languages and Cultures in Context

200 Level Courses

ASIA 201 – Contemporary Asian Society

ASIA 202 – Malay World and Civilisation

ASIA 203 – Modern Korean Society

ASIA 204 – Special Topic

ASIA 208 – Chinese Society and Culture through Film

FHSS 210 – Language Study Abroad

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

FHSS 310 – Study Abroad for Language Students

400 Level Courses

ASIA 401 – Methods and Issues in Asian Studies

ASIA 489 – Research Project

FHSS 410 – Global Popular Cultures in Context