• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

In this course, students will have the opportunity to experience at first hand issues around Environment, Development, Mobility, Migration and Social Change in urban and rural Vietnam. The course is based in Danang, Hoi An and in the countryside of Quang Nam province in Central Vietnam. Our time in Vietnam is spent partly in the classroom learning about qualitative and basic quantitative research methodologies, but mostly we are out on the street and in the rice paddies doing hands on research. In addition to language tuition and lectures from ANU staff, local academics, government officials and NGO staff, students will undertake independent individual and group research projects on a theme of their choice with staff guidance and interpreting help. One of the key aims of the course is to introduce students to qualitative social science field research methodologies in a very practical way.

Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate. 

Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course as advertised

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Conduct  research and self-learning of advanced qualitative and basic to intermediate quantitative social science research methodologies;
  2. Conduct research and self-learning around issues of culture, society, development and environment in Vietnam, Asia and the developing world more generally;
  3. Design a small scale qualitative and/or quantitative team research project and implement it in a developing nation context;
  4. Critically reflect on issues of cross-cultural communication, knowledge and subjectivity when working with local project staff, research collaborators and other interlocutors;
  5. Manage the difficulties and potentials of working closely with a team to design and implement a social scientific research project in an unfamiliar and challenging setting;
  6. Critically assess claims, values and meanings around "development,"  "participation" and "sustainability" when evaluating government, NGO and independent development initiatives in context.

Indicative Assessment

Individual reading and course content quizzes 15% [LOs 1, 2]
Team reading and course content quizzes 15% [LOs 1, 2, 5]
20 minute presentation on team fieldwork training activity 15% [LOs 3, 4, 5, 6]
20 minute presentation on final team fieldwork activity 15% [LOs 3, 4, 5, 6]
4000 word team-authored report on final team fieldwork activity 15% [LOs  3, 4, 5, 6]
5000 word in-depth individual report on final fieldwork activity 10% [LOs 1, 2, 5, 6]
Peer evaluation of contribution to teamwork 15% [LO 5]

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.


260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
Required and additional course readings (60 hours)
Attendance and revision of introductory lectures on Vietnam and qualitative research methodologies (40 hours)
Individual and team quizzes, sitting and preparation (20 hours)
Team fieldwork activities (60 hours)
Team consultation and preparation of presentations and reports (40 hours)
Team consultation and preparation of written report (40 hours)

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH2135, ENVS2017, GEOG2017 or SRES2017. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ANTH 6137.

You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Bill Hayton (2011) Vietnam, Rising Dragon. Yale University Press: New Haven and London.


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:
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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $6360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $9720
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

There are no current offerings for this course.

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions