• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Language Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Asian Languages, European Languages, Latin American Languages, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Daniel Martin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
    Second Semester 2020
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This course will build students’ research skills and knowledge in the academic writing conventions of their target language, and provide students with analytical tools to critically evaluate a range of primary and secondary material. Critical discussion and analysis of scholarly writing from a range of intellectual traditions and perspectives will enable students to situate their research and methodological approach within a broader academic framework.

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. Understand the academic writing conventions of the target language.
  2. Analyse and critically evaluate primary and secondary materials in both English and the target language, and apply these in mapping the argumentation of their own thesis.
  3. Evaluate knowledge of appropriate theories, methodologies, or intellectual traditions in different languages, and relate these to their own and other research.
  4. Outline their Honours research topic as an abstract and a poster presentation.

Indicative Assessment

Analysis of the written academic conventions of an article in the target language related to the student’s thesis: 500 words 10% (LO 1, 2)

Oral presentation + Written critique of an article or a series of articles in English (or with convener permission, of school research seminars and associated literature) related to the student’s thesis : 10 minutes 1500 words 25% (LO 2, 3)

Thesis abstract: 500 words 10% (LO 2, 4)

Poster of A3 size related to key components of the student’s thesis (argumentation, bibliography, research gap); includes first draft for peer review and poster presentation: 1000 words 40% (LO 2, 3, 4)

Two Peer-reviews of other students’ abstracts and draft posters: 500 words each for a total of 1000 words 7.5% each for a total of 15% (LO 2, 3)

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 30 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 30 hours of lectures and seminars; b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Languages Honours (HLANG), Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Honours (HMECA) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or have completed 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major or advanced knowledge of a language.



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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2889 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 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
7866 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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