• Class Number 3383
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic OUA Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • AsPr Peter Friedlander
    • AsPr Peter Friedlander
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces an intermediate level of Hindi listening and reading comprehension skills as well as spoken and written communication skills. Students will learn how Hindi speakers use a range of variant forms alongside standard Hindi in their speech, and they will learn how this variation shapes the way Hindi speakers express identity. The skills needed to read and understand long and complex Hindi sentences are developed through reading a variety of text genres such as film and news magazine articles, modern short stories and Indian mythological stories. Cultural contexts covered in the texts include topics such as the Hindi film industry, caste and community identities, accounts of India before, during and after independence, Hindi versions of stories from the Indian epics and the impact of contemporary changes in India. For ANU students, this course has a strong emphasis for in-person learning, with the additional participation of online students coming through Open Universities Australia (OUA). This makes our classroom highly interactive and diverse. This course takes full advantage of digital tools and authentic audio-visual materials from India to give you an immersive experience of Hindi language and Indian culture.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Speak and write confidently in Hindi, demonstrating knowledge of regional forms, compound noun formations, and a variety of specialised vocabulary.
  2. Read and discuss common themes in a range of text types, such as magazines, newspapers, and literature, using appropriate sentence structures.
  3. Communicate with a range of Hindi speakers from different backgrounds about personal lives and world views.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to read, discuss, and analyse current affairs coverage in India.

Required Resources

Study materials will consist of selected materials which will be available in wattle

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lesson 1 Class Dates: Tuesday, 20 February & Thursday, 22 FebruaryAssessment(s): Homework 1 (3%), due Sunday, 25 February at 11.55pm
2 Lesson 2 Class Dates: Tuesday, 27 February & Thursday, 29 FebruaryAssessment(s): Homework 2 (3%), due Sunday, 3 March at 11.55pm
3 Lesson 3 Class Dates: Tuesday, 5 March & Thursday, 7 MarchAssessment(s): Homework 3 (3%), due Sunday, 10 March at 11.55pm
4 Lesson 4 Class Dates: Tuesday, 12 March & Thursday, 14 MarchAssessment(s):
  • Homework 4 (3%), due Sunday, 17 March at 11.55pm
  • Midterm Assessment 1 (5%), due Sunday 17 March at 11:55pm
5 Lesson 5 Class Dates: Tuesday, 19 March & Thursday, 22 MarchAssessment(s): Homework 5 (3%), due Sunday, 24 March at 11.55pm
6 Lesson 6 Class Dates: Tuesday, 26 March & Thursday, 28 MarchAssessment(s):
  • Mid-semester Oral Assessment (5-minute interview, 10%): due in class, 28 March 2023
  • Mid-semester Written Assessment (15%): due Friday 14 April at 11:55pm)
7 Lesson 7 Class Dates: Tuesday, 16 April & Thursday, 18 AprilAssessment(s): Homework 6 (3%), due Sunday, 21 April at 11.55pm
8 Lesson 8 Class Dates: Monday, 23 April & Thursday, 25 AprilNote: There will be an alternate activity in place of the class which would have fallen on Thursday 25th April which is Anzac DayAssessment(s): Homework 7 (3%), due Sunday, 28 April at 11.55pm
9 Lesson 9 Class Dates: Tuesday, 30 April & Thursday, 2 MayAssessment(s): Homework 8 (3%), due Sunday, 5 May at 11.55pm
10 Lesson 10 Class Dates: Tuesday, 7 May & Thursday, 9 MayAssessment(s):
  • Homework 9 (3%), due Sunday, 12 May at 11.55pm
  • Midterm Assessment 2 (5%), due Sunday, 12 May at 11:55pm
11 Lesson 11 Class Dates: Tuesday, 14 May & Thursday, 16 MayAssessment(s): Homework 10, due Sunday, 19 May at 11.55pm
12 Lesson 12 Class Dates: Tuesday, 21 May & Thursday, 23 MayAssessment(s):
  • Final Oral Assessment (10-minute Interview, 10%): due in class, Thursday, 23 May
  • Final Written Assessment (15%): due 2 June at 11:55pm)

Tutorial Registration

There are no tutorials, but you must attend both the 90 minute classes each week, the classes are both online and are provisionally scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays each teaching week.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Participation (10%) 10 % 1,2,3,4
Midterm Assessment 1 (5%) 5 % 2,3,4
Midterm Assessment 2 (5%) 5 % 2,3,4
Homework (30% total) 30 % 1,2,3,4
Midsemester Oral Assessment (10%) 10 % 1,2,3,4
Midsemeseter Written Assessment (15%) 15 % 2,3,4
Final Oral Assessment (10%) 10 % 1,2,3,4
Final Written Assessment 15 % 2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Based on performance and degree of involvement in class activities, as recorded in class recordings, and written activities presented in class

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Participation (10%)

Participation marks are based on the thoroughness of student preparation (reading assignments before class and preparing vocabulary) and the depth and frequency of participation in classroom sessions and discussions in-person and online.

The participation mark is only released when the final results are released

Assessment Task 2

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Midterm Assessment 1 (5%)

A 250-word Hindi composition responding to questions about the texts studies and Indian cultural life.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Midterm Assessment 2 (5%)

a 250-word Hindi composition responding to questions about the texts studied and Indian cultural life.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Homework (30% total)

10 weekly homework assignments of both written and audio-recorded compositions concerning the weekly readings and Indian cultural topics.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Midsemester Oral Assessment (10%)

A 10-minute video recorded to a set of prompted questions about the texts covered in the course and topics on Indian cultural life. Asking and answering a set of relevant questions to the video presentations of other class members.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Midsemeseter Written Assessment (15%)

a 750-word written essay in Hindi responding to questions regarding the texts covered in the course and other topics on Indian cultural life.

Assessment Task 7

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Oral Assessment (10%)

A 15-minute video recording of a project presentation prepared on a topic with the approval of the instructor. Students will also ask and respond to questions from the presentations of classmates.

The final oral mark is only released when the final results are released

Assessment Task 8

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Final Written Assessment

a 750-word written essay in Hindi on a topic approved of by the instructor and related to the 'Final Oral Assessment'.

The final written mark is only released when the final results are released

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned in Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments is not allowed

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Peter Friedlander

Research Interests

Hindi, Sant Literature, Religion and Politics

AsPr Peter Friedlander

By Appointment
AsPr Peter Friedlander

Research Interests

Hindi, Sant Literature, Religion and Politics

AsPr Peter Friedlander

By Appointment

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