• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code THAI-MAJ

Thai is the national and official language of Thailand and spoken by about 60 million people. The study of Thai is essential for anyone wishing to understand Thailand's culture, society and long history. As Australia's future is increasingly tied to the nations of Asia, the importance of Thai will continue to grow. Knowledge of the language is a skill valued in a wide range of professions, both in Australia and internationally.

Students in this major are encouraged to spend time studying at a tertiary institution in Thailand through a year of study in the Year in Asia program. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students.

A student may not take a course if that course is a prerequisite for another course which they have already passed.

Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test and may be exempted from the compulsory course.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Thai language major students should be able to:

  1. Express      themselves well in a formal or informal register, appropriate to the      situation and to the people to whom one is speaking.
  2. Read      and understand newspapers and other texts in Thai
  3. Engage      with authentic Thai language media
  4. Write      in Thai in the appropriate style using the correct grammar and the      vocabulary appropriate the genre, contents and audience
  5. Write,      perform and record presentations or interviews in Thai either individually      or in cooperative groups, and answer questions based on those performances      or interviews


Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive   list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major,   whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of   courses that will be offered in the current year, please see the Summary of Courses page.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
THAI3008 Thai 6 6

42 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
THAI1002 Thai 1 6
THAI1003 Thai 2 6
THAI2002 Thai 3 6
THAI2003 Thai 4 6
THAI2525 Learning Language Locally: Thailand 6-12
THAI3002 Thai 5 6
  ASIA 2083: Readings in South and SEA Cult
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
  ASIA 3006: Prac Assign in Asia Pacific
ASIA3014 Study Tour: Southeast Asian Frontiers – Thailand and Burma/Myanmar 12
ASIA3108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B 6
BURM1002 Burmese 1 6
SKRT1002 Sanskrit 1 6
SKRT1003 Sanskrit 2 6
SKRT2103 Sanskrit 3 6
SKRT2104 Sanskrit 4 6
  SKRT 2105: Sanskrit 3A
  SKRT 2106: Sanskrit 3B
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