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Study Asian Studies at Otago

Asian Studies includes Asian history, literature, film, religion, politics, music, anthropology and economics.

Papers in Asian Studies help students gain a greater awareness of New Zealand’s largest neighbours and trading partners, where ancient cultural traditions mix with cutting-edge modern technology.

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Why study Asian Studies?

From both economic and cultural points of view, Asia has become a vital part of New Zealand life.

Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary programme designed to develop a wider appreciation of the nature of Asian societies and the traditions, values and beliefs of Asian peoples.

Asian Studies is a recognised area of research excellence at the University of Otago. Besides being dedicated to the teaching of Asian Studies, our staff are also involved in individual and collaborative research within the University of Otago, as well as with other universities.

Asian Studies papers can be included in a Global Studies major.

Career opportunities

An understanding of Asia opens up a great variety of international or domestic career paths in private and public sectors, in industry and government.

Background required

No prior background is required.

Teaching style

We get to know our students individually. Many of our classes are small and this helps us tailor our approaches and materials to meet the interests of our students.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Asian Studies

Level Papers Points
100-level

ASIA 101  Introducing Asia

One of:
MUSI 140  Performance Studies 1
RELS 102  Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism

18

18

200-level

ASIA 201  Asian Popular Cultures

One of:
ANTH 203 Asian Archaeology
HIST 204  China: Oracle Bones to Revolution
POLS 234 Asian Security
RELS 202 The Religions of Southeast Asia
RELS 209 The Body in Asian Religions
RELS 216 Zen Buddhism
RELS 220 Representing Islam
RELS 226 Mahayana Buddhism
RELS 227 Buddhist Thought
RELS 236 Buddhism, State and Society

One of CHIN 241, CHIN 242, CHIN 243, CHIN 244, GLBL 211, JAPA 242, JAPA 243, JAPA 244, MUSI 240, MUSI 268

18

18

 

 

 

 

 

 


18

300-level

ASIA 301  Topics in Asian Studies

One of:
CHIN 342 Screening Chinese Cinemas
CHIN 343 Reading Chinese Literature in the World
CHIN 344 Writing China: Texts, Ideas and History
GLBL 311 Global China (Advanced)
JAPA 342 Understanding Japanese Culture
JAPA 343 Issues in Japanese Culture Today
JAPA 344 Modern Japanese Fiction
MUSI 340 Performance Studies 3
MUSI 368 Performance in Asia and the Pacific

Two of HIST 304, MANT 341, MANT 348, POLS 318, RELS 302, RELS 309, RELS 316, RELS 320, RELS 326, RELS 327, RELS 336

Note: MUSI 140, 240, 340 must be taken in an approved instrument.

18

18

 

 

 

 

 



36

Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total   360

Minor subject requirements

Asian Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Paper Points

ASIA 101  Introducing Asia

ASIA 201  Asian Popular Cultures

ASIA 301  Topics in Asian Studies

One of CHIN 241, CHIN 242, CHIN 243, CHIN 244CHIN 334, CHIN 342, CHIN 343, CHIN 344, GLBL 211 or GLBL 311, JAPA 242, JAPA 243, JAPA 244, JAPA 331, JAPA 342, JAPA 343, JAPA 344, MUSI 140, MUSI 268, MUSI 368

One of ANTH 203, HIST 204, HIST 231, HIST 304, MANT 341, MANT 348, POLS 234, POLS 318, RELS 202, RELS 209, RELS 216, RELS 220, RELS 226, RELS 227, RELS 236, RELS 309, RELS 316, RELS 320, RELS 326, RELS 327, RELS 336

Must include at least one paper above 200-level.

MUSI 140, 240, 340 must be taken in an approved instrument.

18

18

18

18

 

 

18

Total 90

Papers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
ASIA101 2023 Introducing Asia 18 points Semester 1
ASIA201 2023 Asian Popular Cultures 18 points Semester 2
ASIA202 2023 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2023
ASIA301 2023 Topics in Asian Studies 18 points Semester 2
ASIA302 2023 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2023

Key information for future students

Contact us

Languages and Cultures Programme
School of Arts
Tel +64 3 479 5472
Email languages@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/asianstudies