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Asia and the West ( 12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL)


Leader: Penny Graham

Not offered in 2006.

Synopsis: Theoretical and empirical problems in the study of Asian societies. The challenges facing outsiders. How intellectuals (and non-literate 'village intellectuals') in Asia have constructed their own forms of self-understanding. Current debates about colonialism and the post colonial context. Recurring oppositions in dialogues between Asia and the West, viz. materialism vs spirituality; historical dynamism vs adherence to tradition; male agency vs female submission.

Assessment: Written (9000 words): 100%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

Prohibitions: COS4540