ASIAN 140G New Zealand and Asia

ASIAN 140G | BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC | Semester Two 2021 | City Campus | 15 points


The course explores Asia and its interrelationship with New Zealand, including Asia's growing presnece 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 to Asia, Asian migration, literature, media and films. The course will focus especially on South-East Asia and East Asia. 

Learning outcomes

When you finish the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the evolving political, social, economic, cultural, and strategic relations between New Zealand and Asia
  • Understand New Zealand’s efforts to re-position itself in relation to Asia
  • Understand the diversity of the Asian region
  • Understand current debates on globalisation, and on national and regional identity
  • Demonstrate basic academic skills such as data analysis, interpretation, and critical thinking

Topics covered

  • Historical and contemporary ties
  • Asian migration
  • Asia’s growing presence in New Zealand
  • Literature, media and films

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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