Internal Code: MAS6648
You are asked to:
1. Chose ONE of the topics below;
2. Discuss the nominated topic, with reference to key AAW concepts and readings;
3. Integrate 8-10 references to support your position (including at least 6 references cited in the Study Guide);
Topic 1 – Imagining Asia: Chengxin Pan (2015, p.200) describes Australian ways of imagining Asia as characterised by three main modes: absence, threat and opportunity. Describe each of these three representational modes with reference to one historical or contemporary example per mode and discuss how and why cosmopolitanism could be the foundation for a new Australian way of imagining and engaging with Asia . In your essay you will need to discuss key AAW terms which could include intercultural communication, colonialism, the White Australia Policy, the Asian Century and Asia literacy.
Topic 2 – Representation and Identity: In what ways do the cultural productions of Asian Australian artists explore narratives of identity and belonging? What arethe challenges and advantages to achieving more diverse representations of Asian and Asian-Australian stories in Australian society and culture? In your essay you will need to select and describe at least two examples (e.g. films,television shows,artworks,exhibitions,memoirs or novels – can be from the same genre and/or same author) and to discuss AAW terms which could include identity, narrative, cosmopolitanism, cultural literacy and representation.
Topic 3 – Human rights: Jim Ife has argued that since cultural diversity is such an important feature of the contemporary world, ‘if human rights are to remain a powerful ideal they must be understood in a way that embraces such diversity’ (2007, p. 166). Discuss what is required for a culturally literate approach to human rights which can embrace cultural diversity, with reference to two current regional examples (e.g. Indigenous sovereignty ,refugee resettlement, LGBTIQ+ rights, gender equality, or the war on terror). In your essay you will need to discuss key AAW terms which could include universal human rights, cultural relativism, cosmopolitanism, colonialism,and imperialism.The suggestions for key terms for each topic are not requirements, they are provided to help you in forming your approach to your chosen question. Students in the final session of their degree may devise their own essay question in consultation with their tutor.
Notes: It is recommended that you structure your Essay according to the following guidelines:
Rationale: The purpose of this essay is to help you deepen your understanding of some of the core concepts introduced in this unit, and use this a foundation to explore and analyse real world issues influencing relationships between Australia, Asia and the World.
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