University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

ASIA 2007 - Asia: Cultures & Identities

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Assumed Knowledge: Adequate level of English writing and comprehension is assumed
Assessment: Personal Identity Exercise 10%, Notebook 20%, Research Proposal 20%, Research essay 50%

Asia is not only increasingly important economically, Asian culture is also more and more relevant around the world. Cultures and Identities will highlight the diversity of this culture, particularly in China and Japan as these are the most influential in both Asia the West. How did we get from Confucianism to cosplay and anime shaping Western pop culture? How did one result in the other? This course will both explain traditional forces like Confucianism and Shinto shaping culture and identity as well as explore how modernisation has helped bring about Lolitas in Japan and angry young men (fenqing) in China. This exploration will help us understand how tradition was reshaped by modernity and eventually today's desire for ever higher levels of consumption. The course therefore covers traditional society and religion, the influence of imperialism and the modernisation imperative of the 19th Century, the social consequences of the post-war economic miracle and the rise of communism as well as the influence of contemporary globalisation and the digital revolution.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 09/08/2021 Wed 18/08/2021 Fri 17/09/2021 Fri 29/10/2021

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
28737 LEC0 140 90 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.
Note: This lecture is pre-recorded and can be viewed any time after publication in MyUni. Please refer to MyUni for details once enrolled.
Related Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
22469 WR01 30 6 29 Jul - 16 Sep Thursday 12pm - 2pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
7 Oct - 28 Oct Thursday 12pm - 2pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
25044 WR03 40 14 29 Jul - 16 Sep Thursday 10am - 12pm Hughes, 309, Hughes Lecture Theatre
7 Oct - 28 Oct Thursday 10am - 12pm Hughes, 309, Hughes Lecture Theatre