• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ASIA6114

In this intensive course, conducted mostly on the ground in Southeast Asia, motivated students will rapidly build field research skills and awareness of complex borderland issues. They will explore topics including international relations, transnational security, regional trade and ethnic minority group experiences. Actively engaging with informants and communities from Canberra to Bangkok to the borderlands of Northern Thailand, students will learn from richly diverse sources: migrant workers, policy makers, NGOs, law enforcement officials, and many others. Throughout the course, students will also build cultural awareness and basic language skills (in Thai and other languages as appropriate), as tools to facilitate deeper access and engagement.Students' knowledge and analytical skills will be tested and refined during four weeks of field engagements, training and group seminars. Following their in-country experience, students will write a substantial research paper on a topic of their interest, incorporating some of their insights and primary information sources from the field.Placements will be subject to availability and security assessment. Students are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example: the onset of specific international security concerns, or international health crises) it may not be possible for this program to run or it may be terminated at short notice or without notice.

Other Information

Please note that this is an in country study tour course, and there will only run if there are a minimum of eight students enrolled. Enrolment in this course will be through the terradotta studio abroad site (https://anu-au-sa.terradotta.com/) as a Short Program. Students are required to register on the system in order to apply for the course. There are a number of scholarships and grants available for student who undertake this course in order to assist them to go. Please contact the CAP student centre  (cap.student@anu.edu.au) for  more information.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on four components:

1.  In-country attendance and participation in academic and non-academic activities (15 per cent)

2.  Thai language communication skills. Assessment will be based on student’s efforts to communicate with local people in the Thai language throughout the duration of the course. Assessment will be conducted by the Thai language convenor. (30 per cent)

3.  Ethnic language skills. Assessment will be based on students’ efforts to communicate throughout the duration of the course. Assessment will be conducted by appropriately qualified language staff. (15 per cent)

4.  Research paper based on field experiences in Southeast Asia. (40 per cent)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 48 units of university courses.

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Chachavalapongpun, Parvin, A Plastic Nation: The Curse of Thainess in Thai-Burmese Relations, Lanham, University Press of America, 2005.

Fink, Christina, Living Silence: Burma Under Military Rule, Bangkok, White Lotus, 2001.

Lang, Hazel, Fear and Sanctury: Burmese Refugees in Thailand, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2002.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, History of Thailand, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

South, Ashley, Mon Nationalism and Civil War in Burma, London, Routledge Curzon, 2003.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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