Sub-major - Asian Studies and International Relations

Western Sydney University Sub-major Code: SM1042.1

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 sub-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 sub-major area includes 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. Students are encouraged to undertake a sub-major in an Asian language 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


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Sub-major Structure

Students must complete 40 credit points from the following unit pools:

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

Level 1 Unit Pool

101442 Asia in the World
101956 Introduction to International Relations
101737 World Politics: An Introduction

Level 2 Unit Pool

101882 A History of Modern Global Buddhism
100847 Asia and the West: The Imperial Encounter
100245 Asian Cinema
100850 Buddhism in the Contemporary World
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
100872 International Politics of North Asia
100904 Politics and Business in Asia
100277 Politics of Australia and Asia Relations
63111 Special Topics in Asian and International Studies
101404 The History of Modern Indonesia
101871 War

Level 3 Unit Pool

100985 American Foreign Policy Since 1945
400087 Applied Critical Methods
101249 Culture and Thought in Twentieth-Century China
100903 Democracy in Asia
102188 Dictators, Democrats and Dreamers: Indonesia 1942 to now
100507 History of Modern China to 1949
102189 International Organisations and Global Governance
100962 International Politics of the Southeast Asian Region
102190 International Relations of Southeast Asia
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
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
101405 The Politics of Contemporary Indonesia
101866 United States Government and Politics
101375 War and Peace
102142 Warlords, Artists and Emperors: Power and Authority in Japanese History
100971 Which New World Order?
101830 WWII in Asia and the Pacific

Please note:

The level 3 units listed below count towards completion of the major for students who may have passed units in the list below in 2015 or earlier.

100262 - India: History in the Making of a Nation

63111 - Special Topics in Asian and International Studies

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