GEOS3611 – Geographies of Asia-Pacific

GEOS3611 – Geographies of Asia-Pacific introduces a region that is as diverse as it is vast. The course draws on geography's renewed interest in locality, or context specificity. These 'new location studies' are informed by the 'cultural turn' and link broader structures to processes in local settings.

This course aims to encapsulate some of the shared histories, the various experiences of colonisations, and some of the more contemporary consequences, as well as provide details about the uniqueness of context, of places and peoples.

Session 1, 2017

Study level: Undergraduate

6 units of credit

Hours per week: 3 - 2 hours lectures, 1 hour tutorials.

Number of weeks: 12.

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Who should I contact?

Coordinator: Wendy Shaw

What does this course cover?

This course aims to encapsulate some of the shared histories, the various experiences of colonisations, and some of the more contemporary consequences, as well as provide details about the uniqueness of context, of places and peoples.

The Central Themes of this course are:

1. Conceptualising the region
How can such a vast and diverse region be conceptualised? What do so many different nation-states, islands and territories have in common? The grand narratives of structuralism are useful for conceptualising the region and its entry into the global economy via colonialism. These are then challenged using local examples and contemporary theory.

2. Pasts, presents and futures: Colonialisms, neo- and post-colonialisms
The region is full of invasions, multiple colonisations and varying states of colonialism and examples are provided. Case studies also provide examples of the variously interpreted meanings and implications of ‘development’.

3. Contemporary worlds
The diversity of the region is exemplified culturally. Proximity does not always mean similarity. The economics of survival reveal themselves in sometimes unexpected ways.

Where does this course fit into my degree?

This is a third year course. This is a stand-alone course that would suit any student interested in the Asia Pacific region, global development issues, globalisation and geopolitics.

Is there assumed prior knowledge or a co-requisite?

There are no no prerequisites, co-requisites, or requirements for this course.

Are there mandatory activities for this course?

There is no field trip for this course.

Is there anything else I should know?

Students should be prepared to learn and think carefully about the world we live in, and how it works.


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