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ATS3089: Social institutions and power in Asia

Faculty of Arts

Social institutions and power in Asia

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This unit examines social institutions as sites for the exercise of power among individuals, organisations and states in Asia. Institutions such as education, law, family, mass media, religion and business are examined from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, using contemporary case studies drawn from across the Asian region. The unit explores how policy, discourse and practice surrounding social institutions shape and are shaped by individual action, and how the study of social institutions can enrich understanding of the cultures.


1 - Exercise/s - 25% 2 - Literature review - 10% 3 - Policy brief - 25% 4 - Research project - 40%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.