• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Janit Feangfu
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    Second Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

The course is for high-achieving students who have demonstrated an advanced level of proficiency in any one of the Asian or Pacific languages taught in the school. Enrolled students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff. This may be on a common theme set by the academic supervisor or involve an individually identified research topic, subject to the supervisor’s approval. The research project may focus on contemporary media (including online and print), literary texts, or scholarly works. The readings and written assessment involved in this course are completed in the language the student is studying, with special exception in the case of certain Classical languages. Enrolment in this course is subject to the availability and agreement of appropriate supervisors. It is a requirement that students confirm the approval of the potential supervisor before enrolling in the course. Students are expected to arrange regular meetings with their supervisor to critically discuss the assigned readings and develop their research project.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise and evaluate a range of both technical and non-technical vocabulary in the specific research area, including both primary and secondary sources as appropriate.
  2. Recognise and evaluate specialised sentence structures employed in the focus area, and appropriately apply this knowledge to close textual analysis.
  3. Produce critical commentaries on the readings that identify and respond to core themes and argumentative structures in primary and/or secondary materials.
  4. Communicate an understanding of the cultural context and issues at work specifically within the focus area through discussion and written assessment tasks.
  5. Synthesise linguistic skills with cultural and contextual knowledge in the development of persuasive arguments and analyses responding to the focus area.

Other Information

Note: This course is entirely conducted in the target language, with special exception in the case of certain Classical languages. Enrollment is contingent on appropriate supervisors being available to work with students. Students may enroll in this course up to four times (4x) provided that the research topic is changed with each enrollment.

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrollments in one course applies to both courses combined.


On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Advanced level in any one of the Asian or Pacific languages taught in the school.


Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrollment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrollment at the most appropriate level.


Relevant past experience includes:

-       Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)

-       Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend

-       Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken

-       The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)


Students who are not sure if they need to undertake a language proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.


Students are not permitted to enroll in a language course below one that they have already successfully complete

Indicative Assessment

  1. Written critical commentaries x 5 (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Research essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Relevant contribution to and consistent participation in discussions. (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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.


Fortnightly meetings with supervisor. Students are expected to complete 130 hours of work including both class contact hours and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Enrolment in this course is only permitted after a student has successfully completed the highest level course available in the specific target language (e.g. HIND3600, INDN3003, THAI3008, SKRT3003, VIET3003, etc.).

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Reading materials will be prescribed by the supervisor.


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 $4980
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4057 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In-Person and Online N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6666 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In-Person and Online N/A

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