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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. 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, and male agency vs female submission) and their inadequacy for understanding the present diversity of modern Asian cultures. Intersections with notions of subjectivity and subjected persons, gender, and theories of domination and resistance.

Assessment: Oral participation and presentation: 10% + Essay (3000 words): 35% + Essay (6000 words): 55%

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