• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Major code THAI-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Thai Language Major

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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 Advanced Readings in Thai Language and Culture 6

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

Code Title Units
ASIA2103 Language in Asia (L) 6
ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
BURM1002 Introduction to Burmese 6
SKRT1002 Sanskrit 1A 6
SKRT1003 Sanskrit 1B 6
SKRT2103 Sanskrit 2A 6
SKRT2104 Sanskrit 2B 6
SKRT2105 Sanskrit 3A 6
SKRT2106 Sanskrit 3B 6
INDN3004 Readings in Southeast Asian Culture 6
INDN3005 Advanced Readings in Southeast Asian Culture 6
THAI1002 Thai 1A 6
THAI1003 Thai 1B 6
THAI1004 Thai 1A: In-Country 6
THAI2002 Thai 2A 6
THAI2003 Thai 2B 6
THAI3002 Thai 3A 6
THAI3006 Modern Thai Prose 6
THAI3012 Modern Thai Prose: In-Country 6
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