Course Title: Contemporary Asian Modernities

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Asian Modernities

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


Singapore Inst of Management


345H Media and Communication


Offsh3 22,
Offsh3 23,
Offsh3 24


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet1 2023,
Viet2 2023,
Viet3 2023,
Viet1 2024,
Viet2 2024


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


345H Media and Communication


Viet1 2023,
Viet2 2023,
Viet3 2023,
Viet1 2024,
Viet2 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Chengju Huang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8718

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 9.5.26

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine a range of important issues around the political, economic, media and communication, and cultural developments of contemporary Asia against the supposedly universal values of Western modernity from a comparative perspective. 

Some of the major questions you will explore are: What is modernity? Is there an “Asian model” and can it be seen as an alternative modernity? The meaning and significance of the rise of Asia? How has Asia been represented in Western media and Asian media seen the West? Is the 21st century going to be the so-called “Asian century”? What are the opportunities and challenges for Australia as an Asia-Pacific nation? 

This exploration will improve your understanding of both Asian and Western modernities and equip you with the key knowledge to engage with Asia in your professional practice. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

If you are enrolled in this course as a Minor studies course or an option you will develop the following program learning outcome: 

  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, social, political and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study 

For students enrolled in this course as a core course, you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on professional communication in both local and global contexts 
  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, social, political and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study 

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Identify and apply theoretical concepts and historical backgrounds to understand contemporary Asia
  2. Examine key issues in contemporary Asia by placing them in national, regional and global contexts and through both Western and Asian perspectives
  3. Critically discuss the diversities and complexities of contemporary Asian modernities from a range of perspectives
  4. Identify and discuss the concept and implications of ‘Global Asia’

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

There are also services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides support from librarians and academic skills advisors via the Ask The Library service as well as range of study support services such as assistance with assignment writing, referencing and academic integrity. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks

Task 1: Persuasive essay: Weighting: 30% (individual)
Addressing course learning outcomes: 1, 2

Task 2: Collaborative podcast + individual self-evaluation: Weighting: 30% (group) + 10% (individual)
Addressing course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Task 3: Short answer reflections: Weighting 30% (individual)
Addressing course learning outcomes: 2, 3

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.