ASIA 1103 - Asia and the World
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ASIA 1103 Course Asia and the World Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Course Description Asia's immense impact on the world over the last 2-3,000 years has often been obscured and is rarely part of Australian common knowledge. Asia and the World provides all students, but especially those doing International Studies and Asian Studies, with a basic introduction to notions of Asia. Many things which are taken for granted as being Western, often have their origins in the East in some way. This influence extends to language, hamburgers, philosophical ideas and ways of illustrating what we see. This influence is not limited to the ancient past. Today Asian pop culture is reshaping Western pop culture and ideas and products from Asia are changing our lives in fundamental ways even if the origins are not obvious. Asia and the World highlights the irony of how reactions to Asia shaped Europe's destiny and how its inventions and ideas have been adapted by Western states and often used to then dominate Asia in the colonial period. The contemporary rise of independent Asian nation states is reviewed and contextualised and the processes which obscure Asian influence are explained. Your view of why Australian/Western history and culture are the way they are may well change the way you see the world.
Course Coordinator: Dr Gerry Groot
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Asia & the World consists of two lectures and one tutorial per week. Times and locations of rooms varies from semester to semester and year-to-year. Please check course planner for final details.
TImetable clashes of lectures and tutorials may be able to be negotiated. Contact the course coordinator.
Lectures and audiovisuals, such as documentaries, cover the overall themes, theories and particular examples relevant to showing in which ways and how Asian influences have helped shaped the West. Regular attendance is advised, especially if quizzes form part of course assessment.
Tutorials use the set readings for each week as the basis of exercises leading up to and preparing you for the assignments. They stress learning how to understand and practice argumentative and critical writing using A&W related materials.
Tutorial attendance is compulsory and reasons must be given for non-attendance. Without regular attendance students will struggle to understand A&W's specific requirements.
Failure to attend tutorials may result in non marking of assessment items, refusal to allow resubmission or extensions to submission deadlines or refusal to assess assignments.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Understand the significant contribution of Asian societies to western culture 2 Critically analyse the role of material culture in shaping many value judgments, especially where these involve notions of superiority and inferiority 3 Investigate and apply the complex notions of diffusion, competition, adaption and assimilation etc, and the apply this knowledge to specific cases studies of global change, especially as this apply to Asian influences 4 Recognise the complexity of the writing process where it involves correctly understanding questions, setting relevant contexts, writing explicit and developed arguments, explaining how such arguments can/should be supported by invoking sources, definitions and authorities in the field, and developing conclusions 5 Relate practical and real life examples to the theoretical concepts and explanations covered in the course 6 Understand the nature, role and formalities of key academic conventions such as referencing 7 Recognise, discriminate and assess the differences between well and poorly constructed arguments and good and poor writing
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3, 4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2 , 6
Required ResourcesAn Asia & the World Course Reader will be available from the Image and Copy Centre.
Additional resources may be located on MyUni.
Access to smart phones during lectures may be required.
Recommended ResourcesThe Research Librarian for Asian Studies at the University Library: Ms Helen Attar, firstname.lastname@example.org , supports the research needs of undergraduate students.
The Barr-Smith Library tutorials web page has been redesigned to incorporate the new interactive skills videos. See http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/help/tutorials/
· I have my reading list... what do I do now? (5.50 min)
· How do I find books in the Library catalogue? (3.30 min)
· Help! I'm not sure how to interpret my essay question (7.21min)
Online LearningLecture recordings, powerpoints, questionnaires and other materials will be posted online.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving tutorials which develop lecture material.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
2 x 1-hour lectures (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD HOURS 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
NOTE: These arrangements are subject to change without notice.
Schedule Week Lecture Week 1 Introduction
Western Ideas of Asia Over Time
Week 2 Guns Germs & Steel
Ancient Asian Diffusions
Week 3 The Silk Roads Week 4 The Mongols Week 5 Islam and Europe Week 6 China & Europe’s Enlightenment
India and the Romantics
Week 7 Japan’s Failed Attempt at Empire 1
Japan’s Failed Attempt at Empire 2
Week 8 Beatniks, Hippies & the “New Age”
Asian Ideas in Western religions
Week 9 Mythic Origins of Martial Arts
Asian Martial Arts
Week 10 Asian Cultural Influence Pre-WWII
Asian Food and Western Culture: Tea
Week 11 Post-WWII & How Hokusai’s Great Wave was assimilated
Asian Pop Culture in the West Today: Consequences
Week 12 Is Asia the Future?
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Approx 500 word argument design paper 1 (Introduction) Formative and Summative 20% 1-7 Feedback on argument design paper 1 (Introduction) Formative and Summative 5% 1-7 Class presentation of argument design paper 2 Formative and Summative 30% 1-7 Major essay Formative and Summative 45% 1-7
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are expected to attend all tutorials and should provide appropriate documentation for any missed classes.
Assessment DetailArgument Design Paper 1 (Introduction): Approximately 500-600 words - 20% weighting
Reflective Feedback on Argument Design Paper 1: Minimum 300 words on students' response to the comment - 5% weighting
Presentation of Argument Design Paper 2: On the set tutorial question for the week chosen - 30% weighting.
Major Essay: essay on any chosen topic which was not used as argument design paper 1 or 2 - 45% weighting.
SubmissionAll assignments for this course must be submitted electronically via MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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