Asian Civilisations and Science

Subject 136-211 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture followed by a 90 minute tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually 75 points of first year study in any discipline.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Helen Verran
Subject Overview:

This subject examines the development of science as a cultural phenomenon in Asian contexts. It is taught through contemporary and historical case studies. We examine ways sciences 'came to life' in particular places at particular times as modern Asian endeavours. Examining particular instances, students will better understand contemporary sciences as a global phenomenon. Studies will reveal some of the characteristics and properties of the scientific enterprise in contemporary and historical Asian contexts.

Assessment: Two essays of 2000 words, each worth 50% (essay 1 submitted in week 7, essay 2 submitted after SWOT VAC).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookroom at the start of semester.
Recommended Texts:

The Hungry Tide (Useful pre-reading: A Ghosh), Harper Collins 2004

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop skills in written and oral communication;

  • conduct independent research;

  • make appropriate use of primary and secondary sources in mounting an argument;

  • form defensible judgements based on a critical evaluation of conflicting arguments.


Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), or a combined BSc course (except for the BA/BSc) will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Asian Studies)
Diploma in Arts (History and Philosophy of Science
Graduate Certificate in Arts (History & Philosophy of Science)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Asian Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (History and Philosophy of Science)

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