• Offered by Policy and Governance Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bingqin Li
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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"If you could learn only one thing in graduate school, it should be how to do scholarly research" (Gary King, Harvard University). By teaching the fundamental logic and process of empirical and interpretive research, and exploring the philosophical basis of social science research, this course helps students assess existing studies, identify their own research questions, develop arguments, and formulate strategies to conduct research. The course also contains workshops on practical aspects of research practice. This course is suitable for postgraduate students in political science, public policy, and international relations.


1. This course is offered as part of the Postgraduate Training in Politics and Policy (PTPP) Program jointly organized by the Crawford School of Public Policy (CAP) and the School of Politics and International Relations (CASS). The program, however, is open to any postgraduate student in the social sciences.

2. This course mainly covers principles of research design in the social sciences. Students are strongly encouraged to read additional materials and/or to take other courses, such as Research Methods offered in CASS, to learn specific quantitative and qualitative methods.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

• 1. formulate their own research question and to choose a proper research design that could examine the question;

• 2. assess conditions under which one can properly apply tools of measurement and systematic ways to make inferences and interpret data

• 3. undertake critical evaluations of methodological issues and problems in existing empirical research;

• 4. consider a variety of approaches to research in social sciences;

• 5. understand the importance of ethics in research and the ethical review process at ANU;

• 6. develop, refine and present a research proposal for their own original research.

Other Information

If you are not studying in a program at the Crawford School of Public Policy, please seek permission to enrol from the course convenor.  If you intend to undertake major research, you are encouraged to take POGO8096 in Semester 1.

Delivery mode:

On Campus.  5 days of intensive lectures. All lecture notes (PowerPoint slides) and audio recordings will be uploaded to Wattle after each lecture.

In addition, students are required to attend academic and research skills workshops, group discussion sessions, and end-of-semester presentation sessions.

Indicative Assessment

50% Short notes, including a literature review (Learning outcomes 1 - 5).

50% Research proposal (Learning outcomes 1 - 6)

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- 5 days of intensive lectures during the semester (5 hours x 6 weeks)

- Academic and research skills workshops (1.5 hours x 5 sessions)

- Discussion and presentation sessions (1.5 hours x 6 sessions)

- 3-5 hours per week for reading and preparation outside of contact hours to complete the course

Prescribed Texts

Shively, W. Phillips. 2009. The Craft of Political Research. Seventh Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Preliminary Reading

To be distributed.


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 Description
1994-2003 $2676
2014 $7164
2013 $7164
2012 $7164
2011 $7152
2010 $7140
2009 $7140
2008 $6804
2007 $6264
2006 $6168
2005 $5976
2004 $4824
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $7344
2014 $8292
2013 $8280
2012 $8280
2011 $8268
2010 $8268
2009 $8004
2008 $8004
2007 $7728
2006 $7728
2005 $7728
2004 $7728
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3705 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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