School of Languages and Cultures

Asian Studies

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 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

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:

100-level courses

200-level courses

300-level courses

Other approved courses but not offered in 2015

200-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

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 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:

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

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

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

100 Level Courses

ASIA 101 – Introduction to Asian Studies

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

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 489 – Research Project