• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Specialisation code ASPA-HSPC

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

  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.

Other Information

Students should note that this specialisation is only available for Semester 1 commencement.

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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 the completion of the following course(s):

ASIA4001 - Fundamentals of Research Design in Asia-Pacific Culture, History and Languages (12 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following list:

ARCH4004 - Frameworks for Archaeological Science (6 units)

SOCY4010 - Sociology Honours Methods Seminar (12 units)

SOCY4009 - Sociology Honours Theory Seminar (12 units)

ARTH4017 - Methodologies of Art History (12 units)

ANTH4011 - History of Anthropological Theory Extended (12 units)

ANTH4012 - Theory and Ethnography in the Analysis of Cultures (12 units)

HIST4011 - Seminar in Advanced Historiography (12 units)

CLAS4006 - Classics Methods and Evidence (12 units)

LANG4004 - Research Tools in Advanced Language Studies (6 units)

ENGL4021 - Creative Reading: Topics in Theory, Methodology and Interpretation (6 units)

LING4009 - Selected Topics in Methodologies for Researching Language (12 units)

LING4010 - Selected Topics in Empirical Approaches to Linguistics (6 units)

LING4106 - Advanced Readings in Linguistics (6 units)

POLS4010 - Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 2 (6 units)

POLS4011 - Research Training: Scope and Methods (12 units)

POLS4047 - Interpretation, Method, Critique: Interpretivist Methods in the Social Sciences (6 units)

HIST4013 - Seminar in Historical Writing and Presentation (12 units)

24 - 36 units from the completion of the following:

THES4502 - Thesis (36 units)

or THES4501 - Thesis (24 units)

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