- Class Number 4123
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Alan Rumsey
- Prof Alan Rumsey
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
This course offers research training for Honours students working on projects in the Asian and Pacific humanities. It introduces important historical and current debates in the critical humanities, exposes students to different disciplinary perspectives and methods, and nurtures the process of independent research, project design, and writing. Indicative topics include the history of Asia-Pacific studies, debates between area studies and disciplines, postcolonial critique, interdisciplinary theories of gender and sexuality, and theories of power and culture. This course aims to help students become confident, independent, and collegial scholarly researchers.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to engage with disciplinary debates in research and writing
2. Develop a theoretically sound research design
3. Demonstrate the ability to select an appropriate, ethical method for researching a question in Asian Studies or Pacific Studies
4. Demonstrate skills in analysis and scholarly writing
5. Demonstrate the ability to present research questions, a research design and preliminary findings to an audience of academics and student peers
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Intros and Q&A about Asian Studies hons and about this course. Presentation by one of the first-class hons graduates from last year and discussion with her about how to approach the hons year. Brief (5 min) summaries by each student of their thesis plans.|
|2||Beginning of thesis-writing workshop and first session of the Theory & Methodology series, with guest presentation by Tom Cliff on Visual Methodologies for the Humanities and Social Sciences.|
|3||Continuation of thesis-writing workshop, and session of the Theory & Methodology series, with guest presentation by Shameem Black on Postcolonial Critique.||Upload to Wattle an 'Elevator Speech': a short (30-second) video identifying your key question, its significance, and your hypothesis .|
|4||Continuation of thesis-writing workshop, and session of the Theory & Methodology series, with guest presentation by Shameem Black on Diaspora Studies and Ethnic Studies|
|5||Continuation of thesis-writing workshop, and session of the Theory & Methodology series, with guest presentation by Margaret Jolly on 'Engendering research.||Upload to Wattle a list of 20-25 items you will use in your research, presented in correct format. Please use University of Chicago “notes and bibliography” style for your bibliography.|
|6||Continuation of thesis-writing workshop, and session of the Theory & Methodology series, with guest presentation by Shuge Wei on 'History, Archives and Media'|
|7||Continuation of thesis-writing workshop, and session of the Theory & Methodology series, with guest presentation by Kirin Narayan on 'Ethnography, Narrative and Story-Telling'||'Idea journal'. Read and reflect on four journal articles or book chapters relevant to your research. For each article/chapter, write a 250-word response that identifies: a) What is the core idea/finding of this research? b) How might this idea/finding be useful to you in thinking about your project?|
|8||Continuation of thesis-writing workshop, and session of the Theory & Methodology series, with guest presentation by Jane Ferguson on 'Studying Global Popular Culture'|
|9||Continuation of thesis-writing workshop, and session of the Theory & Methodology series, with guest presentation by Caroline Schuster on ‘Economic lives and livelihoods'||Upload to Wattle a draft abstract and outline of your thesis. It will inevitably be tentative but should help you to clarify the focus of your project. 1500 words max|
|10||Continuation of thesis-writing workshop, and session of the Theory & Methodology series, with guest presentation by Assa Doron on Integrating local-level ethnographic studies with macro-level ones.|
|11||Continuation of thesis-writing workshop, including close, critical reading and feedback on students' draft thesis intro chapters.|
|12||Continuation of thesis-writing workshop, with more critical reading and feedback on students' draft thesis intro chapters.|
|13||Upload to Wattle a preliminary version of the intro chapter of your thesis. 4000 words max.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Class Participation||10 %||15/03/2019||22/03/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Thesis bibliography||10 %||29/03/2019||05/04/2019||1,2|
|Idea Journal (4 x 250 words)||15 %||26/04/2019||03/05/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Thesis abstract and outline (1500 words)||20 %||10/05/2019||17/05/2019||12,3,4,5|
|Final Essay – Thesis Introduction (4,000 words)||45 %||03/06/2019||10/06/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
· Regular participation at both the thesis-writing workshops and the theory and methodology seminars
· Share ideas on a regular basis
· Comment constructively on peer work during class meetings
· Participate in written/spoken brainstorming exercises
· Video Elevator Speech: upload a short (30-second) video to Wattle identifying your key question, its significance, and your hypothesis – due in week 3
· In-class Presentation
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
List of 20-25 items you will use in your research, presented in correct format. Please use University of Chicago “notes and bibliography” style for your bibliography.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Idea Journal (4 x 250 words)
Read and reflect on four journal articles or book chapters relevant to your research. For each article/chapter, write a 250-word response that identifies: A) What is the core idea/finding of this research? B) How might this idea/finding be useful to you in thinking about your project?
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 12,3,4,5
Thesis abstract and outline (1500 words)
An abstract is a concise summary of a completed research project. We are asking you to write a draft now, primarily to push you to clarify the focus of your project – to achieve, as early as possible, the necessary transition from a vague topic or set of interests to a well-focused, worthwhile and achievable aim and/or research question. It is quite likely though, that you will revise your aims and questions through the course of the year, and that your final abstract will not be the same as the draft you submit now.
A chapter outline is a kind of roadmap for your thesis. Writing one early in your Honours program and then revising it (probably repeatedly) over the course of the year will help you refine your research aims and make sure you have a plan to achieve them, develop a logical sequence of ideas, help you see the bigger picture of the thesis as a whole and where everything fits within that picture, and keep you on track for meeting word limits
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Final Essay – Thesis Introduction (4,000 words)
· Offer a clear sense of the question your thesis will address
· Identify the significance/stakes of this question
· Articulate your hypothesis: what do you expect your original contribution to be?
· Offer a concise road map for the following chapters.
· Yes, your ideas will change! But sound confident even if you don’t feel that way.
· Your introduction should be a polished piece of work. Please make it logically and clearly written, proofread for errors, and ensure that your citations are accurate.
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Prof Alan Rumsey