• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Literature More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christopher Diamond
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2024
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2024 Intensive Dates: Pre-Intensive online sessions (1-5 Jul); In-Person intensive classes (8-19 Jul); assessment period (22 Jul-2 Aug).

Storytelling is a fundamental part of the human experience. People of all cultures tell stories to interpret, understand, and explain their experiences of being human. Storytellers and their audiences claim identity and status, encode their values, sacralise worldviews and imagine alternative ways of being through narratives: stories shape lives and cultures. Through studying the narrative traditions of the interconnected regions of South and Southeast Asia, we will think about how stories are used to interpret and create cultural ideas of geography, religion, gender, social identity, and much more. In this two-week intensive course (with follow up research assessments), students will learn to interpret and analyse narrative traditions from a wide variety of sources (folktales, legends, myths, epics, oral histories, film/television, online media, etc.). While we focus on South and Southeast Asian sources in English translation, the skills and techniques learned in this course can be used to understand cultures globally and provide invaluable tools for anyone seeking to understand cultural identities in the contemporary world.  

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Engage with South and Southeast Asia by understanding the internal cultural diversities of these interconnected regions, especially in relation to multiple versions of story traditions in these regions.
  2. Use narrative and translation theories to identify modes of continuity and change in the way stories are told and retold across time and place
  3. Analyse cultural traditions through techniques of narrative critique.
  4. Work collaboratively to develop robust research questions and discussions.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to develop and communicate an original research project through multiple modes (writing, presenting, multimedia, etc.) about Asia through the analysis of narrative.

Other Information

Intensive Course Delivery Plan 


Part 1 – Pre-reading and Preparation Week  

  • In the week prior to the intensive class/seminar period, students will prepare a set of readings and discussions that will help us start Part 2 of this course from the first day.  


Part 2 – Intensive Seminar Class Weeks 

  • 2 weeks of daily, intensive seminar classes in which we will go through the main topics of the course.  
  • 3hrs daily with 3-4hr of preparation for the following day’s class.  

Part 3 – Final Assessment Period 

  • The 3 final course assessments will happen sequentially in the 3 weeks following the end of Part 2 (intensive classes) 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. 2x Discussion Leadership (150-word forum post, in-class discussion leadership) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Short Written Assignment (800 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Video Presentation (10 minutes) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Final Essay (2,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,4,5]

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  • 1x Week of reading and material familiarisation (asynchronous, 4-5hrs) 
  • 24 hours of synchronous class time (3hrs/day, 4 days/week, for 2 weeks) 
  • 25-30 hours of readings and class preparation during intensive
  • class period 
  • 3 weeks following the intensive class period for final assessment items 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses.

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

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be provided on Wattle. 

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Literature
  • Language Studies


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.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6481 01 Jul 2024 01 Jul 2024 12 Jul 2024 02 Aug 2024 In Person View

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