• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Amanda Laugesen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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Writing, World Histories and Lives: Research Project (HUMN8012)

Students enrolled in the Writing, World Histories and Lives sub-plan of the Liberal Arts program may seek the approval of the program coordinator to undertake an independent research project. The course enables students to undertake an independent research project. The aim of the project is to allow students to apply the conceptual and methodological skills they have developed in the program to a particular research question or case study linked to their academic or professional interests.

Learning Outcomes

Course aims:

The aims of this course are to:

1. demonstrate independent thought and the ability to identify and construct a coherent research question. 

2. synthesise and articulate key concepts in the various disciplines that contribute to the Liberal Arts, and demonstrate effective interdisciplinary thinking. 

3. apply methodological, conceptual and analytic tools to advanced level research into the Liberal Arts.

4. conduct data-collection, analysis, and verbal and written presentation at the standard of a postgraduate degree.

5. model best practice and have a commitment to ethical, reflective practice in the Liberal Arts.

Learning outcomes:

On completing this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.     skills in written and verbal expression for a variety of relevant academic and / or professional purposes.

2.     skills in interdisciplinary thinking and the ability to apply theoretical ideas to case studies developed from personal observation.

3.     skills required for humanities research. This includes data-collection, analysis, and verbal and written presentation at the standard of a postgraduate degree.

4.     Model best practice and have a commitment to ethical, reflective practice in the Liberal Arts.

Indicative Assessment

5000-6000 words of written assessment or project-based work. The nature of the inquiry will be established at the commencement of the teaching period through a written proposal that will be developed in consultation between the student and supervising lecturer and then submitted to the program coordinator for formal approval.

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.


130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics 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:
Band 1
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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9360 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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