ASIAN 140G New Zealand and Asia

ASIAN 140G | BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC | Semester Two 2024 | City Campus | 15 points


Explores Asia and its interrelationship with New Zealand, including Asia's growing presence in New Zealand in all its manifestations, and the evolving political, social, economic, cultural, and strategic relations between this country and Asia. Topics will include historical and contemporary ties with Asia, Asian migration, literature, media and films. The course will focus especially on South-East and East Asia.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of Aotearoa-New Zealand's colonial history (as it relates to Maori, Pakeha and Tauiwi of colour) in order to understand the shifting definitions and attitudes towards people defined as 'Asian' in New Zealand. 
  2. Understand and critically evaluate changing attitudes towards people recognised as Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean or 'Asian' throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, from diverse perspectives. 
  3. Identify and create solutions to socio-economic issues related to New Zealand's security and trade relationships with countries in Asia. 
  4. Communicate effectively in regular student-student discussions, in writing an academic essay and in preparing a business report. 
  5. Demonstrate an ability to think independently, manage one's time and write conscientiously on topics of contemporary relevance to Aotearoa-New Zealand's relationship to countries in Asia, and to people in New Zealand with links to Asia. 
  6. Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge gained in the course to critically evaluate one's own identity in Aotearoa-New Zealand and in relation to specific countries in Asia. 

Student Feedback

'The course is so relevant to our position in the world, and even just the fact that it expanded my understanding of Asia on its own was extremely beneficial to my learning. I found the lectures very engaging, especially due to the variety of guest lecturers and topics. The best part of this was that nothing was fragmented, everything tied together really well, and it was easy to follow while still being so rich and varied. I really enjoyed this course and as a result I found it easier to learn.'

'The course material was varied and intellectually stimulating. I enjoyed the variety of guest lectures who were experts in specific fields and a good variety of readings for study and reflection - from peer–reviewed articles to newspaper articles, documentaries and other media. This gave me an appreciation of the benefits of using different sources to give different perspectives on an issue.'

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