- Code ASIA8051
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
Around half of the world’s languages are spoken in the Asia-Pacific region. How does this incredible linguistic diversity shape people’s everyday lives? The course uses case studies from across Asia and the Pacific to explore how the multiplicity of languages – spoken, written and signed – is a resource for individuals, communities and nation-states. Language, and different patterns of multilingualism, reflect and create social and cultural identities, and are intertwined with the social and political hierarchies that influence conflict and conflict resolution, equality and inequality, and processes of social stability and change. The language diversity of Asia and the Pacific is also influential on a global scale. The region is the source of some of the world’s most widely used languages, as well as leading the global diversification of English. This course introduces concepts, theories and models from linguistics that allow us to develop more nuanced analyses of the Asia-Pacific region through the lens of language.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of language diversity and its implications across the Asia-Pacific region
- Interpret and reflect critically on academic and applied research on language in Asian and Pacific societies using linguistic concepts and models
- Critically analyse and evaluate different perspectives on the roles of language in the Asia-Pacific region
- Conduct research on topics of individual interest relating to language in the Asia-Pacific region
- Demonstrate skills in written and oral communication, both individually and in groups
- Communicate research findings and conclusions coherently, persuasively, and meaningfully
The course starts officially on 9 January with an online activity ahead of the first class. The course materials, including an overview of the course content and schedule, required readings and assessment instructions will be available from the course Wattle site in mid-December. Students may find it helpful to read at least some of the course readings ahead of the course start date.
The intensive portion of the course will be running on:
Wednesday 11 January, 6pm-8pm
Wednesday 18 January, 6pm-8pm
Wednesday 25 January, 6pm-8pm
Friday 3 February, 9am-5pm
Saturday 4 February, 9am-5pm
Sunday 5 February, 9am-5pm
Monday 6 February, 9am-5pm
Wednesday 8 February, 6pm-8pm
Wednesday 15 February, 6pm-8pm
The course end on 28 February when the final assessment is due.
- Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]
- Case Study - 1 (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Case Study - 2 (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Final Project (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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This course requires a total of 130 hours commitment, which includes:
- 20 hours of synchronous classes (intensive weekend)
- 10 hours of a mix of synchronous and asynchronous lectures (before and after the intensive weekend)
- independent study
Requisite and Incompatibility
There is not a prescribed textbook for this course. Course readings are a range of academic journal articles and book chapters.
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