• 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 Second Semester 2016
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This is a required seminar course, taught in semester 2 each year,  which is intended for first year Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB) students in the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS). ARTS1101 is a pre-requisite for this course. The course will consist of weekly seminars which will be conducted by the course convenor and visiting speakers.

Learning Outcomes

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

The course will provide the PhB students with the following abilities and skills:

  1. To understand the nature of research across a range of disciplines.
  2. To appreciate the nature of research, including the importance of methodology and methods, and of the unforeseen challenges and outcomes which can occur in a research project.

Indicative Assessment

The assessment will involve at least one short oral presentation (10-15 minutes)  and a minor and major essay. The minor essay will be 1000 words and the major essay will be 4000 words. The distribution of marks will be 10%, 10% and 80% respectively. The major essay will be double marked.

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There will be 12-13 two-hour weekly seminars during the semester. Students will be required to write one short diagnostic essay (1000 words) and one long research essay (4000 words). In addition, each student will make a short 10 minute presentation to the class about their own research essay topic.

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

There will be a collection of prescribed readings for each seminar which will be available either as a reading brick or online.


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.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8610 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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