Asian studies is the study of the Asian region and individual Asian countries, their literature, art, culture and tradition, society, political structures, history, economic organisation and media. All subjects focus on understanding Asian societies and their place in our world, and emphasise the importance of analysing Asian society from an Asian as well as a Western ‘lens’. There are extra readings for some subjects. Most subjects will require students to purchase a subject reader and/or text book[s] which are drawn on heavily throughout the course and are invaluable resources. There is a compulsory subject at level 2 and a mandatory capstone subject at level 3. In addition, students must complete at least one subject from the ‘core’ list at both levels 2 and 3. Generally students at level 1 should complete an Asian Studies focused subject and/or the offered level 1 Asian Studies subject.