Themes in the Study of Asia - ASIA6001

Looking for a different module?

Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module explores the cultural specificity and diversity of Asian cultures, traditions, social and political systems and literature from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The topic of Asia will be approached on a thematic basis but with particular emphasis on an understanding of the historical and interpretive challenges to inter-cultural understanding between Asia and Europe/the West.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (2,500 words) – 50%
Essay 2 (2,500 words) – 50%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Chatterjee, P. (1993). The Nation and its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories. New Haven: Princeton University Press
Chen, K. (2010). Asia as Method: Towards Deimperialisation. Durham, NC: Duke University Press
King, R. (1999). Orientalism and Religion. Oxford: Routledge.
Said, E. (1978). Orientalism, Western Conceptions of the Orient. London: Penguin

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate an appreciation of the richness and diversity present within specific Asian traditions and civilisation;
Describe and critically analyse a key concept, idea, theme or practice as applied to a specific Asian culture, society or tradition for instance, science, medicine, politics, art, literature etc.;
Demonstrate an appreciation of the problems of translating Asian cultures, traditions, practices and concepts into a western interpretive framework and language, for instance the problems of using terms like 'religion' and 'philosophy' or western notions of 'literature' in relation to Asian contexts.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
Back to top

University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.