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

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Hindi is the most widely spoken Indian language in India and around the world, and is spoken by around half a billion Indians as a mother tongue or second language. The study of Hindi gives students a unique form of access to India today and to an in depth knowledge of its culture and society. The ANU teaches Hindi in a way that balances learning to communicate in Hindi with also promoting the abilities to access the rich cultural resources available in Hindi which range from Hindi literature to the world of Bollywood films. 
In an era of rapidly increasing connections between India and Australia a knowledge of Hindi also offers the possibility to participate in the growing ties between our two nations, peoples, cultures and economies. Studying Hindi as a major can also lead to opportunities outside of the classroom to engage with Hindi speaking communities in Australia, around the world in the Indian Diaspora, and in India itself. Students in this major are also encouraged to spend time studying in India through advanced level intensive language summer schools.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major students will have the skills and knowledge at an Upper Intermediate level of Hindi to:

1. Express themselves confidently in spoken and written Hindi in informal and formal registers of the language that reflect Hindi’s shared heritage of vocabularies drawn from Sanskrit and Urdu.

2. Read, understand and discuss Hindi texts such as newspapers, magazines, and modern Hindi literary texts.

3. Engage with media, such as spoken word broadcasts, television and the cinema and analyse the contents and speak and discuss with others their understandings of Hindi media.

4. Write in Hindi with a full understanding of Hindi grammar and the ways in which different genres of Hindi use different registers of vocabulary drawn from diverse sources.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of how the Indian cultural traditions of Hindi speakers impact on communication in Hindi and the ways in which the language and culture are linked in discourse in Hindi.

Other Information

A student may not take a course that is a prerequisite or a lower level than a course which they have already passed.

Students that are commencing language studies who have prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test before enrolling for the first time. Students will not be permitted to enrol in a course at a lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, and may be exempted from compulsory courses.

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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
HIND3600 Hindi 6 6

A minimum of 30 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
HIND1100 Hindi 1 6
HIND1200 Hindi 2 6
HIND2300 Hindi 3 6
HIND2400 Hindi 4 6
HIND3500 Hindi 5 6
HIND2525 Learning Language Locally: India 6-12
ASIA3083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A 6
ASIA3108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
ASIA2100 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
SKRT1002 Sanskrit 1 6
SKRT1003 Sanskrit 2 6
PERS1001 Introductory Persian A 6
PERS1002 Introductory Persian B 6
ASIA2098 Asian and Pacific Studies Internship 6-12
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