Kung Fu? Sushi? Gangnam Style? Bollywood? Gandhi? Mao Zedong? Pokemon?
What do we really know about Asia?
This multi-disciplinary course develops students’ knowledge and understanding of the Asian region, society, people, and cultures. The course is organized in four sections, each dedicated to a particular Asian region/country: China, India, South East Asia, and Japan. We will examine some of the defining characteristics and issues related to social structures, political powers, environmental challenges, economic development, religious and cultural diversity. At the end of each section, we will focus on one case study to explore in greater depth a selected topic.
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|
|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.|
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
- Teaching staff
- 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
- 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