Identity, Ideology & Nationalism in Asia

Subject ASIA30002 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 1 hour lecture and One 1.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 10.5 per week
Prerequisites: This subject is only available to students completing the final year of a major in Asian Studies, or those in the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Asian Studies). .
Corequisites: None .
Recommended Background Knowledge: None .
Non Allowed Subjects: None .
Core Participation Requirements: None.


Dr Lewis Mayo


Dr Lewis Mayo

Subject Overview:

This subject explores the interlocking themes of identity and ideology in a variety of Asian contexts. It examines how the ways in which people define themselves - "identities"- are affected by socially-structured systems of thought - "ideologies". National ideologies and identities from across the Asian region will be explored in conjunction with study ethnic, religious, class, gender, and regional forms of identity and ideology.

  • To understand problems of ideology and identity in a range of Asian societies
  • To understand key theoretical concepts in the humanities and social sciences -namely those of ideology and identity - and to use those concepts in the analysis of social and cultural phenomena
  • To understand the impact of national and other ideologies and identities on the world in which we live
Assessment: Research essay, 2,000 words, 30% (due mid-semester), research essay 3,000 words (due during the exam period) 55% and regular seminar participation, including presentation of original research 15%
Prescribed Texts:

Readings supplied by the Institute.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level skills in research and analysis
  • Capacity to understand complex social questions in a global and multi-cultural context
  • Capacity to present complex ideas and original research findings in both oral and written form
Notes: None.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Asian Studies
Asian Studies

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