• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject History
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Melanie Nolan
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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The course will begin with an exciting opportunity to hear established biographers discuss the issues they faced in writing particular biographies and how they dealt with the challenges.  At the same time students will also consider the growing body of work by biographers reflecting upon these issues.  As Ray Monk and others have pointed out, some of the same questions that Dr Samuel Johnson addressed in his two famous essays on biography Rambler (1750) and Idler (1759) are still relevant: Is biography fiction? Who deserves to have a biography written of them; and how does one deal with multiple biographies on the one subject? What details are appropriate to be included in a biography and how does a biographer deal with the subjects 'widows'? Is it possible to know with certainty the inner life of another; to what extent are biographers forced to speculate? What are the moral or ethical responsibilities of biographers towards subjects, social sensitivities and the truth?

Students will grapple with the biographical craft themselves by writing a biography. They will choose a biographical subject, plan the research project, choose their research methods, research and write a significant piece of biographical research.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Design an original biographical research project

2. Identify relevant original material for a biographical project, and/or produce relevant materials such as oral history interviews

3. Identify and apply the most appropriate methods of interpretation to the subject

4. Produce an original piece of biographical research to a publishable quality

Indicative Assessment

Participation in online forums 10%

Original piece of biographical research, 10,000 words, 90%. The subject of the research project will be established at the commencement of the teaching period in consultation between the student and convenor.

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Workload

Students are expected to spend approximately 240 hours on this course, including the 5 day intensive held in June/July.

Prescribed Texts

Students will discuss and develop an appropriate reading program with the course convenor.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $6108
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $8736
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
In Person
9869 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person
Online
9904 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 Online

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