• Offered by ANU College of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Vice Chancellor Undergraduate
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Creating Knowledge is a Vice-Chancellor’s course for talented, inquiring students from all areas of the ANU who are interested in what makes universities tick. Featuring a host of researchers and ideas from different disciplines, this course introduces the nature of academic inquiry and its relationship to other ways of knowing and creating knowledge. Through individual and group learning, students will explore:

• how researchers in various fields including the arts, social sciences, law, science, business, engineering and Asia and the Pacific think about what they are doing, including the relationship between academic ideals and everyday research practice;

• whether and how academic inquiry differs from knowledge creation in other contexts (traditional ways of knowing, non-Western intellectual traditions, religious thought, policy making, investigations by police or journalists, corporate knowledge production, creative art and design); and

• the changing social context of academic research, including the idea of the knowledge economy and links between knowledge creation and political power.


Enrolment process

First year students who expect in their first semester to complete 24 units are encouraged to apply for this course. An inquiring mind and a demonstrated capacity to engage with the course subject matter in a critical, reflective manner is the key selection criterion. Degree program constraints may apply to some students.

Interested students need to register an expression of interest at: http://vc-courses.anu.edu.au/home/apply.

For further information: http://vc-courses.anu.edu.au/ck

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Enhanced awareness of the nature and scope of academic research and its relationship to broader concepts of knowledge and knowledge creation
  • Understanding how different disciplines and cultures go about constructing knowledge
  • Improved capacity to think critically about the nature of knowledge and the learning process, both in relation to your own work and the work of others
  • Enhanced ability to communicate effectively and to convey meaning

Other Information

Pre-Course recommended reading:


Public access webpage:


Indicative Assessment

  • Evidence of preparation for tutorials, including reflective writing tasks (up to 300 words for each tutorial), posted online 10%
  • Facilitating a class seminar/tutorial 20%
  • Small group collaborative project producing a written research report based on interview(s) with ANU researchers: 30% (1000 words)
  • Individual final reflective piece integrating course themes: 40% (2500 words or equivalent)

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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4 hours contact a week, 6 hours independent learning a week

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the ANU College of Science 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 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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