Major - Asian Studies and International Relations

Western Sydney University Major Code: M1006.1

This version of the specialisation is available only to continuing or completing students.

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : YES, if the specialisation is available on your Home campus. Please ensure your course structure allows space for enrolment in the units in this unit set. Students must also meet any pre-requisite requirements. Consult your Course Advisor for further advice.

This major has been designed to meet the needs of Australian government, business and society to engage the states and peoples of Asia at all levels in pursuit of national interests and as part of the globalisation process. It provides students with the opportunity to study modern and contemporary Asia, the rich and diverse histories, politics, cultures and languages of Asian countries and the international issues affecting Australia's interests and role in the region and in the world at large. The major area has a strong international flavour, with a range of units concerned with the United States, Europe and Australia as well as with Asia itself, and units in international relations. It seeks to produce graduates with a broad, liberal education with the skills to mediate between Australia and the world in general and Asia in particular through political, economic, commercial, cultural, diplomatic and strategic links. Asian language study may be undertaken in conjunction with the major. Employment opportunities may be found in the State and Commonwealth public service, overseas organisations, trade and tourist organisations, business and industry, education and research.


Campus Mode Specialisation Advice
Bankstown Campus Internal Dr David Walton
Penrith Campus Internal Dr David Walton

Major Structure

Students completing a major in Asian Studies and International Relations must complete the Level 1 unit:

101442 Asia in the World

Students may also select one of the following Level 1 units to contribute to their major area:

100846 Analytical Reading and Writing
101956 Introduction to International Relations

Students may also select the following Level 3:

400087 Applied Critical Methods

Students must also complete no less than six units from the following list of Level 2 and 3 units.

Note: Not all units will be offered each year. Units will be offered on a rotational basis.

Level 2 units

101882 A History of Modern Global Buddhism
100985 American Foreign Policy Since 1945
100847 Asia and the West: The Imperial Encounter
100245 Asian Cinema

Note: 100245 - Asian Cinema is only available at Penrith Campus.

100850 Buddhism in the Contemporary World
101968 Civil Society in Contemporary China
100855 Contemporary Japan: Culture and Society
101857 Doing Business in China
100861 Empire: European Colonial Rule and its Subjects, 1750-1920
101543 India: Global Contexts
100262 India: History in the Making of a Nation
100872 International Politics of North Asia
101797 Political Terror
100904 Politics and Business in Asia
100277 Politics of Australia and Asia Relations
101404 The History of Modern Indonesia
101871 War

Level 3 units

101249 Culture and Thought in Twentieth-Century China
100903 Democracy in Asia
102188 Dictators, Democrats and Dreamers: Indonesia 1942 to now
101735 Global Politics
100507 History of Modern China to 1949
100961 Humanities Internship
102189 International Organisations and Global Governance
100962 International Politics of the Southeast Asian Region
102190 International Relations of Southeast Asia
102193 International Special Study
101467 Islam in Southeast Asia
101733 Looking at Global Politics Through Film
100271 Modern Japanese History
100278 Politics of Post-War Japan
63178 Social and Political Developments in Contemporary China
63111 Special Topics in Asian and International Studies
102187 Sultans, Colonists and Nationalists: Indonesia C1200-1942
101957 The Asian Century
101667 The External Relations of the European Union
101782 The History and Politics of Contemporary Central Asia
101783 The International Relations of the Middle East Since 1945
102005 The Politics of Civilisation
101405 The Politics of Contemporary Indonesia
101963 Understanding Global Insecurity
101866 United States Government and Politics
101375 War and Peace
100294 Warlords, Artists and Emperors: Power and Authority in Premodern Japan
100971 Which New World Order?
101830 WWII in Asia and the Pacific

Please note:

The units listed below count towards completion of the major for students who may have passed units in the list in 2015 or earlier.

63111 - Special Topics in Asian and International Studies

101737 - World Politics: An Introduction

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