ASIA 4002 - Honours Asian Studies Theory and Methodology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code ASIA 4002 Course Honours Asian Studies Theory and Methodology Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) including 12 units of Asian Studies courses or equivalent for non-language students, and 9 units of Asian Studies courses or equivalent plus 6 units of Level III Asian language courses. Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program Course Description This course provides an advanced interdisciplinary approach to the field of Asian Studies and will attend to theoretical and methodological issues. The principal aim of this course is to critically explore the key issues in Asian Studies and help honours students develop own research issues in relation to them. Honours students will gain a sound background in key issues in the Western social and cultural analysis of Asia. Topics to be covered may include the following: modernisation theory and Asia, Orientalism, Asian modernity, politics of Asian studies, Asian democracy, Asian popular culture, research method, and thesis construction.
Course Coordinator: Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray
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Course Learning OutcomesThis course contributes to the broader curriculum in that it constitutes the core course for all students undertaking an Honours year in Asian Studies.
On the completion of this course the student will be able to
1 understand key concepts relating to theoretical and applied issues relating to current
debates in Asian studies and evaluate their potential contribution to a research problem
2 demonstrate a familiarity with current debates at a deep level in one chosen area of focus 3 understand the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a
research project in the discipline of Asian Studies including the appropriate use of primary and secondary sources
4 demonstrate proficiency in research techniques including proficiency in computer-based research and analysis (where applicable) 5 demonstrate highly developed skills in critical reasoning, analysis and written communication 6 understand ethical debates and apply the principles of ethical research in relation to areas of research 7 recognise the ethical, social and cultural issues in relation to the identified research topic.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesHonours Theory and Methodology seminars will be used to present broad introduction to research areas via guided reading and seminar discussion. Students will be supported with development of specific research question.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS 1 x 2 hour seminar per week 24 hours per semester 6 hours research per week 72 hours per semester 6 hours mandated reading per week 72 hours per semester 10 hours writing work (drafts, editing,
re-writing) per week
120 hours per semester In addition, a further 24 hours in week 13 is expected in the
preparation of the final assessment piece
24 hours per semester TOTAL 312 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryThe principal areas of knowledge will be the detailed and deep understanding of a selected research topic in the field of Asian
Studies. The Theory and Methodology course will develop the following skills:
- The ability to conduct research
- The application of detailed and critical analysis of sources and evidence
- The development of a rational argument based on evidence
- The clear presentation of research findings in ways that show strong communication skills.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Attendance
and participation including short reflection papers
Formative and Summative 10% 2000-2500
word seminar paper
Formative and Summative 35% 4000-4500
word research paper
Formative and Summative 55%
Assessment DetailRationale for assessment: the Honours level assessment is intended to develop research skills and necessary confidence to
construct research proposal so that students are well prepared to undertake research and write up their thesis in semester two.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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