School Of Social Sciences

Cultures of Southeast Asia and OceaniaWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 102843.1


Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
102346 - Ethnographies of Southeast Asia and the Pacific

About this Unit
This unit will introduce students to ethnographic field study through a close examination of two regions with which Australia is geographically and politically aligned; Oceania (the Pacific Islands) and South-east Asia. Drawing upon classic and contemporary ethnography the unit will provide opportunities for comparative and trans-historical studies of how cultures in these regions have been constructed and changed in relation to larger global dynamics. The unit will also provide an insight into the ways in which social theory is developed in the context of attempts to explain and interpret cultural difference. Key topics of study, explored through case studies, will include the colonial experience, tradition and modernities, nations and nationalism, transnationalism, religion, social conflict, and material cultures. The unit will include a close study of visual and virtual research methodologies.

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