• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies
  • Major code HIND-MAJ

Hindi is the most widely spoken language in India. As one of the world's largest languages, it is used by around half a billion Indians as a mother tongue or second language. The ANU teaches Hindi in a way that balances learning to communicate in Hindi with also promoting the abilities to access the rich cultural resources available in Hindi which range from Hindi literature to the world of Bollywood films. In an era of rapidly increasing connections between India and Australia, knowledge of Hindi also offers the possibility to participate in the growing ties between our two nations, peoples, cultures, and economies. Studying Hindi as a major can also lead to opportunities outside of the classroom through engaging with Hindi-speaking communities in Australia, around the world in the Indian Diaspora, and in India itself. Students in this major are also encouraged to spend time studying in India through advanced level intensive language summer schools.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how the Indian cultural traditions of Hindi speakers impact communication in Hindi and the ways in which the language and culture are linked in discourse in Hindi.

  2. Write in Hindi with a full understanding of Hindi grammar and the ways in which different genres of Hindi use different registers of vocabulary drawn from diverse sources.
  3. Engage with media, such as spoken word broadcasts, television and the cinema and analyse the contents and speak and discuss with others their understandings of Hindi media.
  4. Read, understand and discuss Hindi texts such as newspapers, magazines, and modern Hindi literary texts.
  5. Express themselves confidently in spoken and written Hindi in informal and formal registers of the language that reflect Hindi's shared heritage of vocabularies drawn from Sanskrit and Urdu.

Other Information

Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment 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 take a 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 enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.

International students who are studying all or part of their program on a student visa are advised that this major is available for in-person and online study. Under the Education Services for Overseas Student Act 2000 (ESOS Act), international students on a student visa cannot do more than 33% of their study online. International students interested in enrolling in the online version of these courses should contact the CAP Student Centre (cap.student@anu.edu.au) for advice prior to enrolling.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

6 units from the completion of the following compulsory course:

HIND3600 - Hindi 6 (6 units)

A minimum of 30 units from the completion of the following core courses:

HIND1100 - Hindi 1 (6 units)

HIND1200 - Hindi 2 (6 units)

HIND2300 - Hindi 3 (6 units)

HIND2400 - Hindi 4 (6 units)

HIND3500 - Hindi 5 (6 units)

ASIA3108 Research Topics in Asian and Pacific Languages (L) (6 units)*

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

ASIA2098 - Asian and Pacific Studies Internship (12 units)

ASIA2100 - Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

ASIA2103 - Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

LANG3001 - Translation across Languages: the translation of literary texts (6 units)**

LANG3002 - Translation across Languages: specialised material (6 units)**

PERS1001 - Introductory Persian A (6 units)

PERS1002 - Introductory Persian B (6 units)

SKRT1002 - Sanskrit 1 (6 units)

SKRT1003 - Sanskrit 2 (6 units)

*The course is offered in semesters 1 and 2 each year. Students may enrol in this course code up to 4 times, under different topics of Hindi to be included in this major. Enrolment in this course is subject to the availability and agreement of an appropriate supervisor. It is a requirement that students confirm the approval of the potential supervisor before enrolling in the course.

**These courses must have a course topic of Hindi to be included in this major.

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