• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Cultural Studies, European Languages, Gender Studies, Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Global Vietnam is a two-week in-country intensive course that offers students the opportunity to experience first-hand the imbricated issues of gender, labour and migration in contemporary Vietnam from a broad cultural studies perspective. The course is based in Hanoi, the nation’s capital, and in addition to offering basic language and cultural awareness instruction (i.e., survival language and etiquette), draws upon expertise from ANU staff, local academics, governmental officials and NGO staff. The broad themes of the course will be engaged through the study of specific topics (e.g., factory work; marriage migration; human trafficking; development and sustainability; youth, gender identity and social mobility/displacement) from multiple disciplinary perspectives (e.g., cultural studies, sociology, gender studies, anthropology, the fine arts). Though the focus will be on the contemporary period, we will endeavour throughout to situate the  course themes and discussions in a historical perspective.

Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.

Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course as advertised.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. critically analyse scholarly work on gender, labour, mobility and social and cultural change as these pertain to Vietnam;
  2. provide in-depth analysis of the ways in which these core themes are made meaningful for people in lived contexts and express this in written work, thus gaining insight into some of the major challenges around gender, labour, and migration in twentieth-century and contemporary Vietnam;
  3. use empirical case examples to produce extended explorations of key concepts, themes and theories from history, anthropology, gender studies, and the other disciplinary areas covered in the course, through a first-hand appreciation of conditions in contemporary urban and rural Vietnam;
  4. select, analyse and present materials on contemporary issues pertaining to Vietnamese people; and
  5. demonstrate familiarity with basic Vietnamese language and social conventions.

Indicative Assessment

Online "Survival Vietnamese" language and culture module (to be completed prior to departure) (10%) Learning outcome 5
Oral presentation, 10-15 mins in Hanoi (20%) Learning outcomes 1- 4
Research essay, 5000 words (due after travel component): (40%) Learning outcomes 1-4
Reflective journal, 2500 words (30%) Learning outcomes 1-4

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130 of total student learning time, comprising:
10 hours of online language instruction;
65 hours of contact during two weeks of intensive study on-site in Hanoi, and including two preparatory seminars on campus in the months prior to travel;
55 hours of individual and group study, in Hanoi and at home.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HUMN2004

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

Prescribed Texts

All texts will be supplied on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

All texts will be supplied on Wattle.


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
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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