Courses - Faculty of Arts


Asian Studies

Stage I

ASIAN 100
15 Points

Images of Asia

An interdisciplinary introduction to the histories and cultures of East Asian societies, exploring their development, their engagement with each other over time, and what makes them the societies that they are today.

Restriction: HISTORY 135

ASIAN 140
15 Points

ASIAN 140G
15 Points

New Zealand and Asia

Explores Asia and its interrelationship with New Zealand, including Asia's growing presence in New Zealand in all its manifestations, and the evolving political, social, economic, cultural, and strategic relations between this country and Asia. Topics will include historical and contemporary ties with Asia, Asian migration, literature, media and films. The course will focus especially on South-East and East Asia.

Stage II

ASIAN 200
15 Points

Asian Identities

Students explore the changing and contested nature of Asian identities through readings of seminal scholarly and theoretical texts on each theme, combined with analysis of the ways these themes are reflected in film, fiction and other popular cultural texts. The four themes (nationalism; gender; minorities; and indigenous rights) and a concentration on post-1945 East and South-East Asia provide the focus.

Prerequisite: ASIAN 100 or 30 points in Gender Studies or 45 points in BGlobalSt courses

Restriction: ASIAN 303

ASIAN 202
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 45 points at Stage I in BA courses

ASIAN 203
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 45 points at Stage I in BA courses

ASIAN 204
15 Points

Asian Diasporas

Focuses on three major diasporic groups in Asia: Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Comparisons will be made among the three diasporic groups of overseas Koreans, Japanese and Chinese in their migration patterns, modes of adaptation, and transnational life styles.

Prerequisite: 45 points at Stage I in BA courses or 45 points in BGlobalSt courses

Restriction: ASIAN 302

Stage III

ASIAN 300
15 Points

Special Study

Independent student research conducted under the supervision of one or more lecturers.

Prerequisite: Approval of Academic Head or nominee

ASIAN 302
15 Points

Asian Diasporas

Focuses on three major diasporic groups in Asia: Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Compares the migration patterns, modes of adaptation and transnational lifestyles of overseas Chinese, Japanese and Koreans.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in BA or BGlobalSt courses

Restriction: ASIAN 204

ASIAN 303
15 Points

Asian Identities

Students explore the changing and contested nature of Asian Identities through readings of seminal scholarly and theoretical texts on each theme, combined with analysis of the ways these themes are reflected in film, fiction and other popular cultural texts. The four themes of nationalism; gender; minorities; and indigenous rights, and a concentration on post-1945 East and South-East Asia provide the focus.

Prerequisite: ASIAN 100 and 30 points at Stage II in BA, or GENDER 100 and 30 points at Stage II in BA courses, or 30 points at Stage II in BGlobalSt courses

Restriction: ASIAN 200

ASIAN 304
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: ASIAN 100 and 30 points at Stage II in BA courses, or 30 points at Stage II in BGlobalSt courses

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

ASIAN 702
30 Points

Approaches to Research in Asian Studies

The theories and methods of research in history, literature and cultural studies in an Asian context, including practical instruction in the skills involved in developing individual research projects.

Restriction: ASIAN 700

ASIAN 708
15 Points

Religion in Modern Japanese Society

The aim of this course is to understand the role of religious beliefs, practices, and institutions in modern Japanese society. Topics to be covered include the “invention” of State Shinto and its role in nation-building, the decline of established temple Buddhism, the emergence and impact of new religious movements, and social conflict related to religion-state issues in the postwar period.

Restriction: JAPANESE 308

ASIAN 710
30 Points

Translation Project

The translation of a text or texts, translator's note and an extensive glossary of the terminology of the field.

ASIAN 711
30 Points

Research Project in Translation

Theoretical aspects of translation.

ASIAN 712
45 Points

Dissertation on Translation

Theoretical aspects of translation.

ASIAN 752
15 Points

A Course-linked Research Topic

A research topic related to another course in which the student is enrolled.

ASIAN 753
15 Points

ASIAN 753A
7.5 Points

ASIAN 753B
7.5 Points

Special Topic: Transnational North-East Asia: Challenges and Possibilities

This course aims to critically engage the current debates surrounding the concept and movement of “transnational Asia” and the possibility of reconciliation between China, Japan and the two Koreas. It examines the historical, cultural, and ideological sources and recent development of this new form of regionalism, as well as such challenges as Chinese hegemony and competing nationalisms in the region.

To complete this course students must enrol in ASIAN 753 A and B, or ASIAN 753

ASIAN 754
30 Points

Special Topic

ASIAN 755
15 Points

Directed Study

ASIAN 756
30 Points

Directed Study

ASIAN 757
15 Points

Research Essay

ASIAN 758
30 Points

ASIAN 758A
15 Points

ASIAN 758B
15 Points

Research Essay

To complete this course students must enrol in ASIAN 758 A and B, or ASIAN 758

ASIAN 759
45 Points

Research Essay

ASIAN 780
30 Points

ASIAN 780A
15 Points

ASIAN 780B
15 Points

Research Project

To complete this course students must enrol in ASIAN 780 A and B, or ASIAN 780

ASIAN 792A
22.5 Points

ASIAN 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in ASIAN 792 A and B

ASIAN 793A
45 Points

ASIAN 793B
45 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Asian Studies with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in ASIAN 793 A and B

ASIAN 796A
60 Points

ASIAN 796B
60 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Asian Studies with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in ASIAN 796 A and B

ASIAN 797A
60 Points

ASIAN 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

To complete this course students must enrol in ASIAN 797 A and B

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