• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matt Tomlinson
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.

This course immerses you in a flexible set of qualitative and quantitative approaches that you can use to conduct interdisciplinary and self-reflective research in Asian and Pacific studies. This course will offer an introduction to culturally diverse approaches to knowledge, including how people from Asia and the Pacific, especially from indigenous communities, have interpreted the world; humanistic and social science methods, such as participant-observation, discourse analysis, and archival research; and data sciences for the humanities, including statistical techniques, so that students without technical backgrounds can gain basic literacies in such practices as working with large data sets, understanding digital data, or creating maps. This course focuses on scholarly values of justifying methods and approaches, critically evaluating data, constructing rigorous arguments, and writing with clarity and purpose.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with a range of approaches to understanding Asia and the Pacific, including culturally diverse and interdisciplinary methods;
  2. Apply a range of approaches to analyse Asia and the Pacific;
  3. Demonstrate advanced written and verbal communication skills, especially skills of academic writing;
  4. Reflect on scholarly research practices both orally and in writing, individually and in groups

Other Information

Course topics covered in this course

  •  Navigating Asia and the Pacific: Locations, Borders, and Connections
  • Asian and Pacific Ways of Knowing
  • Self-Reflective Methodology
  • Ethnography and Participant Observation
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Working with Archives
  • Data Science for Humanists
  • Navigating Digital Data
  • Mapping the World
  •  Visual Data
  • Justifying Methods
  • Conclusions: What We Know, How We Know, Why We Know

Indicative Assessment

  1. Methods Mini-Projects (30) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Research Essay Proposal and Literature Review (1000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Essay (3000 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Essay Presentation (10) [LO 2,3,4]
  5. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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.


This course requires 130 hours of study, including time for self-study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts will be available on Wattle.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7041 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In-Person and Online N/A

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