• Code THES4501
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Thesis
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • EmPr Tamara Jacka
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
    Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.

All students undertaking an Honours program in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific are required to complete a 24 unit thesis.

THES4501 is the honours thesis course for Coral Bell School focusing on disciplines areas of:

  • International relations
  • Political sciences
  • Security studies
  • Asian studies
  • Asia-Pacific studies

Students in this course carry out advanced research on a question of their choice. Their topic is agreed with their thesis supervisor. 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:

  1. Pose a significant research question relating to their studies;
  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.

Other Information

The sole piece of assessment for this course is a 20,000-word thesis containing original research. To successfully pass, the thesis must demonstrate all three of the course’s learning outcomes.

The thesis is marked by two examiners with relevant academic expertise who are neither the student’s supervisor nor 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 50% of total assessment for the Honours year. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. 20,000 word thesis containing original research. Students who take this course as part of the Asia-Pacific Studies Honours Specialisation in the Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours plan 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 - and ability to conduct supervised research - in at least one Asian language. PHB students who commenced before 2019 10% for a Thesis Abstract and Chapter Summary, 90% for the Final Thesis. (100) [LO 1,2,3]

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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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the CAP Student Center to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

You will need to contact the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Not Required


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 24 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $640 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $910 per unit
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
3207 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
8214 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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