• Total units 48 Units
  • Specialisation code ASPA-HSPC
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The Asia-Pacific Studies specialisation in the Bachelor of Arts Honours year is an opportunity for those who have completed a good pass degree to do independent research relating to Asia or the Pacific in one of the world's leading universities. As an Honours student you will have access to the wealth of Asian-Pacific expertise across the ANU and to the great holdings of the University and the National libraries. You will have expert supervisory guidance and research training in the College of Asia and the Pacific. With a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, you will acquire in-depth contextual knowledge and develop the research skills you need to move on to a higher research degree and/or professional employment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. pose a significant research question relating to Asia-Pacific studies;
2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to the discipline, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

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Admission Requirements

1.    a major or equivalent in one of the following:

Asian Studies
Asian History
Asia and Pacific Culture, Media and Gender
Chinese Language
Chinese Studies
Hindi Language
India Studies
Indonesian Language
Indonesian Studies
Japanese Language
Japanese Studies
Korean Language
Korean Studies
Northeast Asian Studies
Pacific Studies
Political Science
Sanskrit Language
Southeast Asian Studies
Thai Language
Vietnamese Language

2.    written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis
3.    written approval of the CAP ADSE for the research project.  



This Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

In cases where no course on this list is appropriate for a particular honours emphasis, or only a single 6-unit one is, the student may apply for ADSE approval to substitute up to an additional 12 units of THES4501/THES4502 in lieu of coursework.  This may also involve additional thesis requirements, such as a larger word count.  Such substitutions may be particularly appropriate for language-intensive thesis work.

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

Code Title Units
ASIA4001 Fundamentals of Research Design in Asia-Pacific Culture, History and Languages 12

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

Code Title Units
ANTH4011 History of Anthropological Theory Extended 12
ANTH4012 Theory and Ethnography in the Analysis of Cultures 12
ARCH4004 Frameworks for Archaeological Science 6
ARTH4017 Methodologies of Art History 12
CLAS4006 Classics Methods and Evidence 12
ENGL4021 Creative Reading: Topics in Theory, Methodology and Interpretation 6
HIST4013 Seminar in Historical Writing and Presentation 12
HIST4011 Seminar in Advanced Historiography 12
LANG4004 Research Tools in Advanced Language Studies 6
LING4009 Selected Topics in Methodologies for Researching Language 12
LING4010 Selected Topics in Empirical Approaches to Linguistics 6
SOCY4009 Sociology Honours Theory Seminar 12
POLS4010 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 2 6
POLS4011 Research Training: Scope and Methods 12
SOCY4010 Sociology Honours Methods Seminar 12

A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
THES4502 Thesis OR 6-36
THES4501 Thesis 6-24
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