• 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, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bethwyn Evans
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2023
    See Future Offerings

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of language diversity and its implications across the Asia-Pacific region
  2. Interpret and reflect critically on academic and applied research on language in Asian and Pacific societies using linguistic concepts and models
  3. Critically analyse and evaluate different perspectives on the roles of language in the Asia-Pacific region
  4. Conduct research on topics of individual interest relating to language in the Asia-Pacific region
  5. Demonstrate skills in written and oral communication, both individually and in groups
  6. Communicate research findings and conclusions coherently, persuasively, and meaningfully

Other Information

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. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]
  2. Case Study - 1 (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Case Study - 2 (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  4. 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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ASIA2001 or ASIA2103.

Prescribed Texts

There is not a prescribed textbook for this course. Course readings are a range of academic journal articles and book chapters.


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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1561 09 Jan 2023 06 Jan 2023 20 Jan 2023 28 Feb 2023 In-Person and Online View

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