• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Maria Fleurdelis Tanyag
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course draws on social science generally and International Relations more specifically to provide students with the skills to ‘discern, evaluate and construct knowledge claims, evidence-based arguments, and methodologically sound work’. It recognises that particular epistemologies can favour particular modes of analysis and data gathering, but also explains how methods for generating research findings can then be open to multiple strategies for analysis. It examines the methodologies of research design, qualitative and quantitative methods of data gathering, forms of measurement, and modes of analysis and synthesis of research results. The course is not designed as a methods course in the abstract. Rather it is designed to enhance students’ capacity to deal with the design and methodological challenges of their thesis research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge and a critical understanding of research design and methods
  2. Identify and critically engage with methods of investigation, data gathering and analysis
  3. Apply that knowledge to the development of their doctoral research proposal in line with progress towards their Thesis Proposal Review
  4. Communicate their critical understanding of research design and methods in a clear and concise way through a series of assignments and class participation

Indicative Assessment

  1. Approximately 5,000-6,000 words, or equivalent, of oral or written assessment, comprising tasks such as essays, presentations, reports, quizzes, tests or examinations as outlined for each semester in the Class Summary.. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

Inherent Requirements

No applicable.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with INTR8072

Prescribed Texts

To be advised.

Preliminary Reading

Assumed Knowledge

This course is intended for higher degree research (HDR) students. As such the course assumes prior knowledge to the level of University entry requirements for doctoral studies of H2A at Honours or equivalent in a cognate discipline.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9718 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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