• Offered by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Nicholas Farrelly
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2016
    First Semester 2016
    Winter Session 2016
    Second Semester 2016
    Spring Session 2016
    See Future Offerings

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or PhB is a unique and innovative research-focused degree for intellectually ambitious students who want to study at the highest level. Every student receives intensive individual attention and is supported by a mentor. 

The program structure is extremely flexible and courses can be taken from other areas within the University. A program will be tailored to your interests by your academic mentor as well as PhB coordinators associated with individual disciplines.


This is an Advanced Studies Course within the ANU PhB(Hons) degree. 

Students do multiple Advanced Studies Courses during their degree studies, each specifically designed to provide a strong research focus customised to each student. These courses are taken under the direction of the academic supervisor of a student in the PhB(Hons) degree, but may involve teaching and learning from a very wide variety of activities, including, for example: 

  • Involvement in current research at the University  

  • Special research projects ANU  

  • Special lecture courses  

  • Reading courses/ literature surveys  

  • Specially designed courses of field work   

  • A program of mentoring for other students that involves both production, for example on the web, and delivery of teaching materials  

  • Involvement in outreach activities  

  • Web page development  

  • Seminars to staff and students 

Learning Outcomes

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

The nature of these courses mean that their learning outcomes for each course are very individual and very specific. However, in general, on satisfying the requirements of this course students will have the following knowledge and skills.


1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic
2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions
3. Engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources
4. Appropriately apply statistical or other evaluation processes to original data
5. Understand and apply ethical standards of conduct in the collection and evaluation of data and other resources
6. Communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on a negotiated student-customised mix of assessment tasks, often involving a written assignment and a presentation. Written details of the assessment are approved by the Head of Department or School on the recommendation of the academic supervisor and given in writing to the student at the start of the period of study for the course.

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.



Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


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

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1574 01 Jan 2016 22 Jan 2016 22 Jan 2016 31 Mar 2016 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3626 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6548 01 Jul 2016 22 Jul 2016 22 Jul 2016 30 Sep 2016 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8606 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9487 01 Oct 2016 21 Oct 2016 21 Oct 2016 31 Dec 2016 In Person N/A

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