• 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, Asian Languages, Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies More...
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mark Strange
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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This core course for HASIA and HPAST offers research training for Honours students working on projects in the Asian and Pacific humanities. It introduces important historical and current debates in the critical humanities, exposes students to trans-disciplinary perspectives and methods, and nurtures the process of independent research, project design, and writing. Indicative topics include the history of Asia-Pacific studies, debates between area studies and disciplines, postcolonial critique, interdisciplinary theories of gender and sexuality, and theories of power and culture. This course aims to help students become confident, independent, and collegial scholarly researchers.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate the ability to engage with disciplinary debates in research and writing
  2. Develop a theoretically sound research design and an appropriate, ethical method for researching a question in Asian Studies or Pacific Studies
  3. Work collaboratively with a trans-disciplinary cohort
  4. Produce enhanced analysis and scholarly writing
  5. Present research questions, a research design and preliminary findings to an audience of academics and student peers

Work Integrated Learning


The course assists Honours students in the design of their research project, and guides and initiates the process of writing the research thesis

Other Information

This is the sole and compulsory core course for Honours students enrolled in HASIA and HPAST.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Bibliography (20-25 items) (10) [LO 2,5]
  3. Ideas Journal (4 250-word entries) (15) [LO 1,2,4]
  4. Final Essay — Draft thesis Chapter (4-5,000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Draft Thesis Abstract and Outline (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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4 hours contact time per week. The schedule comprises up to 12 x 2-hour seminars, and 12 x 2-hour skills and writing classes, both held once per week. Total contact time will be a maximum of 48 hours.

Approximately 260 hours of research and writing towards course assessments and the thesis.

Inherent Requirements

Must be enrolled in either the HASIA or HPAST Honours programs.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Asian Languages
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific 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:
12 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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12.00 0.25000
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2503 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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