• Offered by Policy and Governance Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
This course introduces students to original research. Students identify their own research questions and hypotheses, conduct research, and complete a professional and/or academic research paper. The completed papers are expected to make a contribution to important policy debates and/or to the academic literature. Well-written reports are recommended for publication in the Program's Discussion Paper series. 

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge to design and conduct original research. Students will also develop their writing and presentation skills.

Other Information

Each student is allocated a supervisor for the duration of the project. Students are required to attend group discussion sessions and academic research skills workshops.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is based on the satisfactory completion of a 17 - 20,000 word research paper. Students must also make a presentation of findings at the end of semester.

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.


There are approximately 6-8 contact hours for academic skills workshop and presentations plus time spent with individual supervisors. Because this is a research project, students will spend most time working independently. The workload is potentially higher than for a normal 12-unit course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have completed POGO8196. Alternatively, you may gain permission of the course convenor to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Distinction grade or better in POGO8196


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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3360
2004 $4824
2005 $5976
2006 $6168
2007 $6264
2008 $6804
2009 $7140
2010 $7140
2011 $7152
2012 $7164
2013 $7164
2014 $7164
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $7212
2004 $7728
2005 $7728
2006 $7728
2007 $7728
2008 $8004
2009 $8004
2010 $8268
2011 $8268
2012 $8280
2013 $8280
2014 $8292
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

There are no current offerings for this course.

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