• Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2018
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Research Design and Writing in International, Political and Strategic Studies (ASIA9075)
This is a Higher Degree by Research training course in research design and writing in the social sciences. It is designed as an introduction to the HDR programs in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, and is required for all HDR students across the school. It is held in the autumn session of each year, to allow students newly enrolling at the beginning of the year to participate. Students enrolling in 2nd semester will take the course in the autumn session of the following year. The Department of Political and Social Change convenes the course, but presenters in each of the classes come from across the constituent units of the Bell School.
Through the course, students will be introduced to the practical requirements of the School's HDR programs; acquire the basic skills and understanding necessary for designing and undertaking a research project in international, political and strategic studies, and communicating one's plans in oral and written form; develop cognitive and communicative skills and independent thinking to be able to critique and debate research theories and ideas, and be introduced to a range of disciplinary approaches in international, political and strategic studies.

Learning Outcomes

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

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

 1. Understand the requirements of the HDR program in the School of IPS and support services available;

 2. Demonstrate the ability to undertake thesis/research project planning;

 3. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of disciplinary approaches in international, political and strategic studies and an ability to engage in critique and debate about them;

 4. Identify and apply appropriate theoretical and conceptual approaches and modes of analysis;

 5. Communicate a research plan and disciplinary approaches to peers;

 6. Understand issues relating to research integrity and how to address them in the context of HDR; and,

 7. Understand issues relating to workplace health and safety (including in fieldwork) and how to address them in the context of HDR.

Indicative Assessment

The course is graded on a pass/fail basis. To pass, a student must:

1. Participate in 9 out of 12 weeks' sessions 

2. Participate in a half-day writing retreat run by the Academic Skills and Learning Centre 

3. Complete Research Integrity training online

Pass each of the following assessment items and receive an average grade of 60% across all items:

4. Tutorial participation (10%) (or equivalent for external students)

5. Tutorial presentation (10%)

6. Thesis abstract and chapter outline 40% (to be assessed by the student's primary supervisor)

7. Review essay (40%) (to be assessed by the student's primary supervisor)

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.


2-hour session plus approx. 60 pages reading per week plus time spent on additional assessment items as set out above.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bell School PhD or MPhil.


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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5767 01 Apr 2018 20 Apr 2018 20 Apr 2018 30 Jun 2018 In Person N/A

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