• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Language Studies
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Literature, Language Studies, Film
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Thomas Nulley-Valdes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This research-led Honours course is designed to instil in students a capacity to critique the ways in which meaning is created and understood across national boundaries. It aims to question the very concept of ‘national’ cultural production by employing various intersectional, postcolonial and transcultural perspectives. The course will give students an opportunity to position their Honours project in relation to other discourses and discipline areas and to facilitate discussion of the similarities and differences visible across nations and cultures. In doing so, it has as a primary objective not only the further development of cross-cultural understanding, but also the active involvement of students in interdisciplinary and intermedial conversations that can shape their research and open it to new ideas and inputs that would otherwise be unavailable in their home disciplinary context.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand and engage with current scholarly discourse in the field of transnational cultural studies;
  2. apply a transnational lens to their Honours project;
  3. participate in conversations across national and disciplinary boundaries; and
  4. demonstrate high-level skills in cross-cultural communication.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay (3000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Presentation (30 minutes) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Reflective journal (4 x 500-word entries) (30) [LO 1,2,4]
  4. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks (on a one-on-one basis or in small groups) and b) 236 hours of independent student research, reading and writing (approximately 15-20 hours per week).

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Languages Honours (HLANG), Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Honours (HMECA) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or have completed 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).

You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Burns, J. & D. Duncan, Transnational Modern Languages: A Handbook. Liverpool University Press, 2022.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major or advanced knowledge of a language.


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:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $8160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $10560
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9275 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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