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Asian Civilisations: the Cycle of Empires ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Bruce Jacobs

Clayton First semester 2006 (Day)

Synopsis: A broad overview of Asian history from antiquity to the dawn of European maritime exploration in the sixteenth century. Topics studied include the Indus Valley civilisation; Hinduism and the caste system; traditional political thought; the rise of great empires in India, China and Southeast Asia; Mahayana Buddhism; the Japanese samurai; and Genghis Khan and the Mongols.

Assessment: Written (2500 words): 55% + Examinations (2 hours): 45%

Contact Hours: 2 lectures and 1 tutorial per week