Through a series of case studies, this unit examines the city as locus of power in South, East and Southeast Asia. Focusing on the premodern and early modern periods, and taking a comparative approach, it addresses such issues as the role of symbolism, as well as cosmology and religion, in the physical expression of power. The ancient Indus Valley city of Mohenjodaro, the imperial cities of Vijayanagara, Shahjahanabad (Delhi), Ch`ang-an, Peking, Kyoto, Edo and Angkor, and the colonial cities of Calcutta and Hanoi are studied. Through the use of both written and visual sources, students are introduced to the cultural and physical context of urban life at various stages of Asian history.
Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.
Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.