Students read widely in a Southeast Asian language about politics,popular culture, society, economics, literature and religion of the country concerned. Students critically read texts - in the case of Bahasa Indonesian, from the news magazine 'Tempo' - as a preparation for weekly discussions in a 90 minute class.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:By the end of the course, learners of the Southeast Asian language will have significantly increased their proficiency in reading and writing, and will be able to discuss complex ideas about contemporary issues. They will also have gained substantial knowledge about recent social, political and cultural developments in the country they study.
Other InformationStudents are strongly advised to take a supporting course (focused on historical background, culture, linguistics, anthropology etc) before enrolling in this vernacular language Reading Course.
Indicative AssessmentA 2,500 word academic paper in the target language (40%), plus the equivalent of a couple of short essays, each 750 words to be prepared off campus (2 x 30%), on a complex aspect of social life in the society where the language is the national or native language to the majority of the population.
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WorkloadFortnightly meetings with Course Coordinator or Supervisor. Students are expected to read approximately 10 academic and non-academic texts in the target language, each about 6,000 words, and demonstrate the ability to capture the various subtleties and nuances that run through the selected readings.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Completion of Year in Asia, or a Distinction average in third year language.
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