2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
EAST2605 Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies
20 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Jieun Kim
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe Asia Pacific region is a dynamic part of the world, home to some of the world’s largest economies and populations. In light of the region’s significance and diversity, building skills to understand societies in the Asia Pacific is increasingly important. The module will equip students with the vocabulary and the skill set to critically approach societies in the Asia Pacific region. In examining societies from a number of perspectives, the students will develop an understanding of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of contemporary Asia Pacific societies. In the process, they will also master some key concepts and frameworks that can be applied to their future studies.
ObjectivesThis module explores the complexities of contemporary societies in the Asia Pacific region, through studying topics of major social concern, from social inequality to globalisation. It also fosters an understanding of theories and methods of social inquiry.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
1. demonstrate knowledge of different societies in the Asia Pacific region.
2. critically evaluate a range of theories and methods used in the study of contemporary societies in the region.
3. locate and use secondary sources relevant to selected topics of contemporary social dynamics in the region.
4. apply skills for researching and writing about social phenomena in the Asia Pacific and beyond.
Students will be expected to have:
- developed a foundation for critical analysis of the societies in the Asia-Pacific Region;
- enhanced their skills of expression and communication in both written and oral form;
- developed their abilities to plan, organize, gather, comprehend and analyze materials relevant to the study of Asia-Pacific societies.
The module will cover theories and methods of social inquiry through studying topics which may include, social inequality, gender, religion and rituals, gift cultures, ethnic minorities, urbanisation, environmental concerns, migration and globalisation in contemporary Asia Pacific societies.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||180.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyPrivate study will include preparing readings for lecture and seminar sessions (80 hours), preparing to lead seminar discussions (30 hours), and independent learning on a specific social issue as part of writing an essay for assessment (70 hours).
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackOn-going monitoring in lectures and seminars (through, for example, questioning to check student understanding; paying close attention to who is answering questions during classroom discussions and calling on non-volunteers; asking students to elaborate on one another's answers; engaging in 1-1 contacts with students about their work; and conducting periodic reviews to confirm students' grasp of material and identifying gaps in their knowledge etc). Students will also be given feedback for leading seminar discussions.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||2500 word essay||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:35:13
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