Faculty of Arts


Images of Asia


"Images of Asia" is the foundation course for all students in Asian Studies. It provides an introduction to the histories and cultures of China, Japan and Korea —the East Asian countries that are studied in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics— as well as an exploration of the concept of "Asia" more generally.

The course follows a chronological order from the pre-modern and early modern eras through to contemporary times. Within these time frames, we will explore themes that will help us understand how China, Japan and Korea have developed, how they have engaged with each other over time and what makes them the societies that they are today.

Learning goals

By the time you have finished ASIAN 100, you will have gained:

  • A critical understanding of the concept of "Asia" and how it has been defined over time and by different groups of people
  • A basic and broad knowledge of the histories of China, Japan and Korea and how these countries have interacted with each other over time
  • An understanding of some important social, cultural and economic forces that make China, Japan and Korea the countries that they are today
  • A growing ability to find, read and interpret various sources (in English) in the field of Asian studies
  • A growing ability to think critically about topics in the field and to present ideas in academic style 
  • Knowledge and skills that will help you to engage with East Asian peoples and cultures in a culturally sensitive manner


Coursework + Exam

Availability 2019

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Ellen Nakamura


Ebrey, Patricia, and Anne Walthall. East Asia: A Cultural, Social, and Political History. 3rd ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2014.


Compulsory final exam (2 hours)

Tutorial assignment 1 (500 words)

Tutorial assignment 2 (500 words)

Essay (1500 words)


ASIAN 100: 15.0 points



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