• 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

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Thai courses foster both students’ personal goals and Australian national interests by equipping graduates for deep and positive engagement with Thailand, Southeast Asia and other culturally diverse settings. Students develop Thai language skills in conjunction with an understanding of relevant social, political, cultural and historical contexts. The major employs an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach, supporting the growth of analytical and other scholarly skills. Over the course of the major, students can develop competencies that will enable them to access valuable native language resources, engage constructively in a broad range of social and professional contexts, and effectively share their academic insights.

Students in this major are encouraged to spend time studying at a tertiary institution in Thailand. This can be done either through intensive in-country study in the summer or winter breaks, or through a year of study in the Year in Asia program. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students.

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Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this major, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Advanced level of Thai to:

 1. Demonstrate confident, accurate recognition and production of Thai phonemes, including tones, to distinguish accurately between close pairs in listening and in speech and to use intonation appropriate to various scenarios.

2. Recognise and use transliteration; recognise various Thai script fonts and use a Thai computer keyboard.

3. Recognise and use a specialist vocabulary suitable for independent study on areas of personal academic interest.

4. Create sentence structures to support the expression of complex ideas and arguments.

5. Evaluate formal and informal texts, and interact independently with informants to elicit desired information.

6. Debate current issues in Thai culture with native speakers spontaneously and in a manner appropriate to all different levels of society.

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:

A maximum of 12 units of 1000 level courses.

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

Code Title Units
THAI3008 Thai 6 6

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

Code Title Units
THAI1002 Thai 1 6
THAI1003 Thai 2 6
THAI2002 Thai 3 6
THAI2003 Thai 4 6
THAI3002 Thai 5 6
THAI2525 Learning Language Locally: Thailand 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
BURM1002 Burmese 1 6
BURM1003 Burmese 2 6
SKRT1002 Sanskrit 1 6
SKRT1003 Sanskrit 2 6
ASIA2098 Asian and Pacific Studies Internship 6-12
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