Asian Studies
Asian Studies
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public and International Affairs
Exclusive Majors
(Students who study the following majors are not allowed to choose this minor)
International Studies or Asian and International Studies
Note: The following curriculum information is subject to periodic review and changes.

Aims of Minor

The minor in Asian Studies aims to develop students’ knowledge of social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural processes of change occurring in the countries of Asia. The minor aims to enhance the knowledge, skills, and prospects of its graduates for professional careers in business, non-profit, and governmental organizations, education and research organizations, and other organizations whose operations require social research skills and an informed international outlook.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Minor (MINILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Minor, students should be able to:
  1. Explain similarities, differences, and interrelations across a range of critical issues affecting social life and change in contemporary Asia; 
  2. Analyze regional issues through the application of a substantive body of knowledge concerning social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural conditions in Asia.  

Minor Requirements (15 credit units)Catalogue Term : Semester A 2022/23

1. Core Courses (6 credit units)
- Students are recommended to enroll PIA3032 in their first semester.
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit UnitsRemarks
PIA3031Political Dynamics in Asia3see below Remark
PIA3032State and Economy in Asia3see below Remark

2. Electives (9 credit units)

Any three courses from the following electives:
- Students must complete PIA3032 before enrolling in any elective.
Students are recommended to complete their core requirement prior to enrolling in electives.
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
PIA2032Hong Kong: Continuity and Change3
PIA2040History and Society in Asia3
PIA2914Introduction to Japanese Society3
PIA2918A Portrait of Japan : Experiencing Japanese Culture3
PIA2958Introduction to Korean Society3
PIA3033Culture and Change in Asia3
PIA3034Environmental Challenges in Asia and the World3
PIA3046Asian Migration and the Global Diasporas3
PIA3060Special Topics in Asian Studies I3
PIA3544Comparative Management: China, Japan, and South Korea3
PIA3984Korean Culture3
PIA4027Religions and Society in Asia3
PIA4028Women and Social Change in Asia3
PIA4072Contemporary International Politics of the Asia Pacific3