Cultural Studies in Asia

Subject CULS40006 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: a 2-hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 170-hours accross the semester, including class time.


Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in cultural studies, gender studies, Master of Arts and Cultural Management (Moving Image).



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Fran Martin

Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on the emergence of cultural studies as a distinct disciplinary formation in Asia over the past twenty years, and introduces students to this new field's key approaches to the analysis of contemporary cultures. It introduces recent work on intra-Asian cultural flows, colonial histories, postcoloniality, neo-colonialism and cultural globalisation in the Asian region, and explores cultural studies' engagement with emergent Asian public cultures. Students will learn about current approaches to sites and practices including television drama, popular and new-wave cinemas, new social movements, popular music and urban space across locations that may include South Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Singapore and India. On completion of this subject students should have an understanding of the major directions in cultural studies scholarship in Asia today.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • be able to comprehend the emergence of Asian cultural studies as a distinct disciplinary formation over the past twenty years;
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with key methods within this new field, including new critical and historical approaches to colonialism, post-coloniality and neo-colonialism in Asian contexts, analysis of intra-Asian cultural flows, and cultural studies' engagement with emergent Asian public cultures; and
  • appreciate key conceptual concerns within Asian cultural studies, including relations among local, national, global and regional levels of cultural organization, and the transforming meaning of 'Asia', itself in today's world.

Class participation (throughout semester) 15%, a 25-minute seminar presentation (due during semester), 10%, a 2000 word essay (due mid-semester) 30% and a 3000 word essay (due in the examination period) 45%. Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% (or 10 out of 12) classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Any student who fails to meet this hurdle without valid reason will not be eligible to pass the subject. All required written work must be submitted in order to pass the subject. Essays submitted after the due date without an extension will be penalised 2% per day.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will acquire the following skills:

  • social, ethical, and cultural understanding of self and others through detailed analysis of contemporary culture in its various local, national and transnational contexts, the reception of new ideas and the contextualisation of judgments, the adaptation of knowledge to new situations;
  • critical analysis and synthesis through the study of competing theories of contemporary culture and their application to diverse examples, the engagement with and processing of different critical perspectives across the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies, the development of independent thought and arguments;
  • effective written and oral communication through seminar discussions and debates, the preparation and execution of written assessment exercises, exposure to and emulation of competing genres and protocols of critical writing;
  • information management and information literacy through the practice of library and archival research and engagement with electronic databases;
  • teamwork, flexibility, and tolerance through group discussions in seminars, reception of new ideas and opinions, engaging and cooperating with other people from diverse backgrounds; and
  • time management and planning through managing and organizing workloads for recommended reading, seminar presentations, and assessment requirements.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management (Advanced)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management
200 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management - Moving Image specialisation
Asian Studies
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Cultural Studies
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Social Theory
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Anthropology
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Asian Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Cultural Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Gender Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Japanese
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Screen and Cultural Studies
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Advanced) - Social Theory
PC-ARTS Cultural Studies
PC-ARTS Social Theory
PD-ARTS Anthropology
PD-ARTS Asian Studies
PD-ARTS Cultural Studies
PD-ARTS Gender Studies
PD-ARTS Japanese
PD-ARTS Social Theory
Screen and Cultural Studies

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