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.
An understanding of Asia opens up a great variety of international or domestic career paths in private and public sectors, in industry and government.
No prior background is required.
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.
Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)
- Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom)
- Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Asian Studies
ASIA 101 Introducing Asia
RELS 102 Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism
198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts
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
ASIA 101 Introducing Asia
One of ANTH 203, HIST 204, HIST 231, HIST 303, HIST 304, MANT 341, MANT 348, POLS 318, RELS 209, RELS 212, RELS 216, RELS 226, RELS 227, RELS 309, RELS 310, RELS 312, RELS 316, RELS 326, RELS 327, RELS 328
Must include at least two papers above 200-level.
|Paper code||Year||Title||Points||Teaching period|
|ASIA101||2021||Introducing Asia||18 points||First Semester|
|ASIA201||2021||Asian Popular Cultures||18 points||Second Semester|
|ASIA202||2021||Special Topic||18 points||Not offered in 2021|
|ASIA301||2021||Topics in Asian Studies||18 points||Second Semester|
|ASIA302||2021||Special Topic||18 points||Not offered in 2021|