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ASIA101 Introducing Asia

A multi-disciplinary introduction to the culture and society of Asian countries and regions, with an emphasis on East Asia.

Get to know New Zealand's largest neighbours and trading partners, where ancient cultural traditions mix with cutting-edge modern technology, and learn why Asia has become the economic and cultural powerhouse of the 21st century.

Paper title Introducing Asia
Paper code ASIA101
Subject Asian Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
Teaching staff

Professor Paola Voci
Professor Will Sweetman

Paper Structure
Co-taught by a number of experts on Asia, this paper provides a multi-disciplinary introduction to the culture and society of Asian countries and regions, with an emphasis on East Asia. Key aspects of the paper include history, religion, philosophy, literature, cinema, music, gender issues, war experience, and politics.
Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught via lectures and tutorials.

All required readings are available for you as electronic reserve at the University of Otago Library, as well as on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
By attending lectures and actively participating in tutorials, students will gain:
  • A wide understanding of the history and cultural traditions of the Asian region in both their national and transnational aspects
  • An understanding of some of the key issues impacting on Asian societies and cultures today
  • An introductory knowledge of some more specialised disciplinary approaches to the study of Asia
By reading the assigned material and completing the assigned tasks, students will develop:
  • A capacity for critical analysis of scholarship on issues related to Asian cultures, societies and histories
  • An ability to independently investigate a specific cultural, social or historical issue in the Asian region, understand its meaning in context and explain its role and importance both within and beyond Asian geopolitical and cultural boundaries

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 9-14, 16, 18-21
Thursday 16:00-16:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A2 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 10-13, 16, 18-22