• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Fengyuan Ji
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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The power of language is often overlooked in discussions of Asia. This course aims to redress this neglect by placing language in the foreground and showing how the power of language, as well as the language(s) of power, shape life and culture in Asia. This course will investigate topics such as the potency of script, colonial languages, language choice, and honorifics and their roles in forming Asian societies and cultures.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of advanced terminology and issues in the field of linguistics as they pertain to the languages and writing systems of Asia;
  2. discuss critically and in depth native and non-native speakers' attitudes towards language and writing;
  3. critically assess the typical arguments made in linguistic discussions;
  4. explain the complex attitudes people have to language and to multilingualism;
  5. compare and analyse linguistic systems in great detail;
  6. research linguistic issues of interest in the region's languages and present arguments and conclusions coherently, persuasively, and meaningfully, in both a written and an oral format

Indicative Assessment

Short (1000 word) essay on language and script reform (15%) [LO 1, 2, 4, 6]
Short (1000 word) essay on language policy in multilingual states (15%) [LO 1, 4, 5, 6]
Participation in tutorial discussion (10%), [LO 2, 3, 4]
Critical analysis of four articles (1000 words) (20%) [LO 1, 2, 3]
Final essay (3000 words) (30%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
Tutorial presentation (10%) [LO 2, 4, 5, 6]

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Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ASIA1001 or ASIA2001 or ASIA2103 or ASIA6001.


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

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4046 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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