Identity, Ideology & Nationalism in Asia

Subject ASIA30002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 1 hour lecture and One 1.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


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).



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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 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:


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 of ethnic, religious, class, gender, and regional forms of identity and ideology.

Learning Outcomes:

Students acquire a broad knowledge of traditions, ideologies and contemporary developments in the Asian region through extensive reading in and discussion of relevant academic scholarship in Asian Studies.

Students develop the ability to use interdisciplinary frameworks to engage critically with key issues in contemporary Asia by reading materials from a wide range of disciplines including history, anthropology, cultural studies, political economy, literary and religious studies.

Students acquire foundational research skills in the analysis of critical issues in the Asian region through individual research projects developed in the course of the semester.

Students develop cross-cultural skills to work effectively with people from different cultures through seminar discussion utilizing the knowledge, experience and cultural backgrounds of the students themselves.

Students acquire the ability to set goals and manage time and priorities and work effectively both independently and in groups through their development of the research project that is the basis of the assessment.

  • A research essay, 2,000 words, 30% (due mid-semester)
  • A research essay 3,000 words (due during the exam period) 55%
  • Regular seminar participation, including presentation of original research 15%

Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Note: 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:

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


Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Asian Studies
Asian Studies Major
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Asian Studies

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