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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.

Asian Studies at Otago

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.

Background required

No prior background is required.


Asian Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BCom, BEntr, 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 Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (BEntr), 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

ASIA 201 Asian Popular Cultures

ASIA 301 Topics in Asian Studies

One of CHIN 241, CHIN 242, CHIN 243, CHIN 244, CHIN 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 231, 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.






Total 90

ASIA papers

Paper Code Year Title Points Teaching period
ASIA101 2024 Introducing Asia 18 Not offered in 2024
ASIA201 2024 Asian Popular Cultures 18 Semester 2
ASIA202 2024 Special Topic 18 Not offered in 2024
ASIA301 2024 Topics in Asian Studies 18 Semester 2
ASIA302 2024 Special Topic 18 Not offered in 2024

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