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APG4385

Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Joel Atkinson

Notes

Previously coded AST4220

Synopsis

This unit addresses the challenges of research work in the Asian region and seeks to equip students with some of the skills needed for it. In a series of modules, students will be introduced to a range of potential source materials for the study of Asia, such as documents, census reports, fictional texts, and films, and to a range of research methodologies applicable to the study of Asia including fieldwork in villages, archival work, data collection and interviews. Students will be encouraged to think about issues of ethical obligations in relation to fieldwork, such as those raised by non-Asian scholars making judgments about Asia, cultural bias, and the ownership of knowledge.

Outcomes

Students successfully completing APG4385 will:

  1. Be able to converse intelligently about issues of cultural bias and the ownership of knowledge.
  2. Have a firm grasp of a range of sources and methodologies applicable to research in Asia and a firm understanding of the scholarly principles that underpin them.
  3. Have a firm understanding of the link between scholarship, public debate and nationalistic political agendas in Asia.
  4. Be able to put together a sophisticated Asia-related research or consultancy proposal.

Assessment

Written work(including exam): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture
One 2-hour seminar per week

Prerequisites

Enrolment in a postgraduate program

Co-requisites

At least one other unit in a postgraduate program