Supervised Reading (Asia Institute)

Subject 110-448 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Fortnightly meetings with supervisor
Total Time Commitment: 1 contact hours/week , 8-10 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission into the fourth-year honours program or Postgraduate Diploma in Arabic, Asian Studies, Chinese, Indonesian, Islamic Studies and Japanese, or to the Master of Asian Societies (200 or 150 point program)
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.

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Dr Lewis Mayo

Subject Overview: This subject offers students the chance to undertake independent research in their respective disciplines in areas of interest to them, and present the findings in a scholarly manner. Topics might include aspects of regional history, ethnic groups, language, culture, polity, media, gender, class, religion, and literature. Students are expected to use target language sources, such as books, journals, internet access, satellite television and newspapers. Students may also make use of Western language materials to develop an understanding of the different approaches and methodologies in the study of their region of interest, through a comparison of Western and target language materials.
  • deepen their understanding of particular areas of interest in specific regions and disciplines;
  • become conversant with current intellectual debates in their discipline;
  • raise their awareness of differences in Asian and Western representations of social and cultural phenomena.
Assessment: One 5000 word essay, 100% (due during the examination period).
Prescribed Texts: To be advised by supervisor
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • develop research skills through frequent and systematic use of the library and other information sources, the definition of areas of inquiry, and familiarisation with research methods
  • be trained in critical thinking and analysis through required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the arguments expressed in the reading materials
  • acquire an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and an international awareness of the world. They will do so by developing critical self-awareness, contextualising judgements and knowledge, opening themselves to new ideas and new aspects of Asian cultures, and formulating arguments
  • be able to communicate knowledge clearly and economically, through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations. They will be trained to give attention to detail through close reading, textual analysis, and essay writing. The class presentations and tutorial participation will train them in public speaking and enhance their confidence in self-expression
  • learn to plan and manage their time through organising their workloads for required reading and meeting deadlines for essays and assignments
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Asian Societies)
Master of Islamic Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Arabic
Arabic Studies
Asian Studies
Islamic Studies
Islamic Studies

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