• Code THES4502
  • Unit Value 6 to 36 units
  • Offered by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Thesis
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
    Second Semester 2019
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All students undertaking an Asia-Pacific Studies Honours specialisation are required to complete a thesis. Students in this course carry out advanced research on a question of their choice, relating to Asia-Pacific culture, history or languages. Their topic is agreed with their thesis supervisor and approved by the CAP Associate Dean Student Experience. Students design and implement a project to answer their research question, to place the answer in the context of an intellectual tradition, and to communicate it clearly to others.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. pose a significant research question relating to Asia-Pacific culture, history or languages;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to the discipline in which they are situated, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium. 

Indicative Assessment

A thesis of 20,000 – 25,000 words in length (including footnotes, bibliography, tables and maps, but excluding appendices) is the sole piece of assessment for this course; to successfully complete this course, it must demonstrate all learning outcomes (1-3 above). 

Students undertaking the Asia-Pacific Culture, History and Languages specialisation in the Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours plan, whose topic relates to Asia, are required to use Asian language sources in their thesis. In addition to demonstrating the above learning outcomes, these students' theses must demonstrate evidence of the students' proficiency in - and ability to conduct supervised research - in at least one Asian language. This requirement does not apply to students whose topic relates to the Pacific, or to those undertaking the Bachelor of Arts Honours plan.

The thesis is marked by two examiners with relevant academic expertise, who must not be the student’s supervisor or have had significant previous engagement with the student in relation to the thesis. The CAP Honours Program Guide includes guidelines on expectations for the Honours thesis. The same guidelines will be sent to each thesis examiner. The thesis constitutes 75% of  total assessment for the Honours year. 

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A total of 720 hours (260 hours in 1st semester, 520 hours in 2nd semester) student learning time, including a minimum of 12 hours face-to-face contact with the supervisor. It is the joint responsibility of the student and supervisor to arrange times for face-to-face contact. Supervisors will normally be available for email or face-to-face consultation only during the teaching weeks of each semester.

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 to 36 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
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
25.00 0.52083
26.00 0.54167
27.00 0.56250
28.00 0.58333
29.00 0.60417
30.00 0.62500
31.00 0.64583
32.00 0.66667
33.00 0.68750
34.00 0.70833
35.00 0.72917
36.00 0.75000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $500 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $760 per unit
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
3957 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 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
8985 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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