ASIA 1104 - Introduction to Asian Cultures
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code ASIA 1104 Course Introduction to Asian Cultures Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description How can Australian students begin to understand what happens when they go to China, Japan or other Asian countries? How can Asian students better understand the often unspoken differences between what they are used to at home and what often happens to them in Australia? This course can help.
Introduction to Asian Cultures introduces first year students to some of key cultural features of China and Japan (and East Asia more generally) and provides explicit concepts and explanations about aspects of Asian culture they are likely to experience. This approach is about providing tools for understanding and adjustment as well as more effective communication.
ASIA 1104 examines the ways in which these difference are reflected in language, social interactions, love & friendship etc. The nature of personal relations and business will also be explored while the ways that culture can influence government-to-government relations and diplomacy may also be discussed. Along the way, the course teaches the key differences between description and analysis. This course is also a great preparation for ASIA 2007 Cultures and Identities in second year.
Course Coordinator: Dr Gerry GrootDr Gerry Groot
Department of Asian Studies
School of Social Sciences
Room 638A Kenneth Wills Blgd
Dr Shoko Yoneyama
Department of Asian Studies
School of Social SciencesRoom
638 Kenneth Wills Blgd
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.1 x 1 hour - Lecture + 1 x 2 hours - workshops
Course Learning Outcomes1. Obtain knowledge and understanding of Chinese, Japanese and other Asian societies and cultures
2. Integrate theoretical knowledge with empirical evidence
3. Learn to engage with the ideas and perspectives of other learners
4. Learn to analyse issues in Asian societies and culture critically and creatively
5. Come to understand how culture can influence social, economic and diplomatic activity
6. Learn analytic skills for developing and defending an argument
7. Develop skills in synthesising and contextualising new information
8. Develop academic writing skills
9.Develop visual analysis and interpretation skills
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3,6, 7 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
5 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesStudents must have an A4 Notebook or relevant digital equivalent for noting all lectures, workshops and readings. (See Notebook and Participation in Assessment)
Recommended ResourcesMyUni and Turnitin will be used extensively with additional materials and sources supplied as developed by the coordinators.
A Course Reader will be available from Image and Copy Centre, Level 1 Hughes Bldg.
Online LearningMyUni/Canvas will be used extensively in this course but your ability to use video resources from the Barr-Smith Library and find others online using Youtube, Youku and others.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures will provide students with the background necessary to understand and respond to the Workshops. These will involve case studies and video materials explaining the history, theories and concepts behind cultural attitudes and their manifestations.
When possible, the experience of international students will be used to personalise, dramatise and make salient the behaviours and customs under discussion.
The assessments stress the use of concepts learned in lectures and derived from the Course Reader and applying these to explain examples of common behaviours. In many cases this means analysing film and video clips. On occaision, field trips will be used to the same effect.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.TOTAL HOURS = 1 x 1 - hour lectures per week = 12 hours per semester
1 x 2 - hour Workshop per week = 24 hours per semester +
Extracurricular - App. 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 = App 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
1 - Introduction: about Introduction to Asian Cultures
2 - Knowing yourself - culture, identity and Culture Shock
3 - Communicating - language and learning
4 - Friendships
5 - Knowing ones' place - heirarchy and authority
6 - Hierarchy and Authority (Confucianism etc.)
7 - Business, Work & Money (China)
8 - Business, Work & Money (Japan)
9 - Love and Sex (Gender relations, foreign vs local, marriage, attitudes to sex, LGBT issues)
10 - Religion and Spirituality (Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto inc. death & ghosts)
11 - Culture & International Relations – The Use of History, Humiliation, Apologies and Pride
Subject to change depending on circumstances.
Specific Course RequirementsField trips may be scheduled instead of lectures if deemed suitable and/or practical.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSGDE will be built into the worshop experience. The role of personal experience of students in Asian contexts will be particularly important as will be the role of the lecturer/tutor in helping students related their understandings to academic research and theories.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryASSESSMENT TASKS
Participation & Notebook
and Summative - 20%
and Summative - 40%
Take-home Exam which may include film/video clip analysis.
App 2000 words
and Summative - 40%
Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
Participation & Notebook - 30%
Assignment 1: Culture Shock Experience exercise - 10%
Assignment 2: Film Scene Analysis: Lost in Translation - 20%
Take-home assignment: Film/Video clip analysis - 40%
Assessment Related RequirementsParticipation & Notebook 20% -
Film/video analysis - 40%
Takehome Exam - Film Analysis 40%
Assessment DetailPlease Consult Course Guide for ASIA 1104 on Canvas after enrolling.
SubmissionAll Assignments except the Notebook, will be submitted online via Canvas.
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
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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It received outstanding evaluations from students for its use of blogs and film analysis, the effectiveness of its workshops and the nature of its assignments. The key weakness which became apparent towards the end of the course was the lack of emphasis on adequate frameworks which resulted in too many students failing to develop observations to the extent that they could be used to undertake deeper analysis. The fact that both an expert on China and Japan took the lectures and the workshops was especially well received though as in 2017, this not always possible but depends on staff availability. In 2017 Dr Yoneyama is on leave.
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