• Offered by ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Boyd Hunter
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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The aim of this course is to introduce PhB students to research issues in the Arts and Social Sciences and explore ideas surrounding research. The course will include discussion of how and why we undertake research, examining the character of research and various intellectual positions. The history and evolution of disciplinary approaches will be explored, alongside the place of interdisciplinary research.  Students will have the opportunity to consider the work of various scholars and theorists and their impact on ways of thinking about research.

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. critique ways of thinking about research in the Arts and Social Sciences
  2. explain a wide range of intellectual positions and theoretical approaches to research
  3. discuss, identify and classify disciplinary approaches to research
  4. prioritise and appraise their own ways of thinking about their research


Other Information

ARTS 1101 is compulsory for any student entering the PhB program.

Indicative Assessment

Critical reflection on how the Arts and Social Sciences are presented on ANU’s website – 2000 words – 35% (LOs 1-3)

Seminar paper on a key issue in the Humanities and the Social Sciences - 3000 words - 55% (LOs 2-4)

Seminar Participation - 10% (LOs 1- 4)

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One 3 hour seminar per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (APHAR) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (APNAR). Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Alec Fisher, Critical Thinking: An Introduction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011

Nicholas Walliman, Research Methods: The Basics, Oxford: Routledge, 2011


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:
Unit value:
6 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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3630 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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