Urban Culture in Asia

Subject ASIA20001 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

2.5 contact hours/week , 6 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.





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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Edwin Jurriens


Subject Overview:

This subject examines urban cultures in Asian contexts. It will focis on the role of urban culture in creating and representing politics, social movements, popular expression and economic development. Students will develop an understanding of the interplay between urban culture and the dramatic changes that have occurred in Asia from the post-colonial and post World War II period through to Asia’s rise to economic, political and cultural prominence in the 21st century. Topics that will be examined include consumerism, identity, resistance and hegemony, with particular emphasis on trends in the media, popular culture and contemporary art in East and Southeast Asia.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject, students should:

• appreciate the variety of roles different media play in Asian societies

• be familiar with the transnational trends in media and popular culture that cut across Asia.

• develop an understanding of the interplay between culture, politics and society through the media

• understand academic approaches to the critical analysis of media


A short essay 1,500 words 40% (due mid-semester), a final examination 50% (due during the examination period) and continuous tutorial participation 10% (throughout the semester).

Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 75% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Materials supplied by the Institute.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • written communication through essay writing and seminar discussion.
  • attention to detail through essay writing and seminar discussion:
  • time management and planning through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
  • public speaking through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations.
  • critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining strength of an argument.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Asian Studies
Asian Studies
Asian Studies
Asian Studies Major

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