• Offered by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Adv Studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Political Sciences, Sociology, Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Tom Cliff
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2021
    First Semester 2021
    Autumn Session 2021
    Winter Session 2021
    Second Semester 2021
    Spring Session 2021
    See Future Offerings

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)—Humanities and Social Sciences or PhB (HaSS) is a unique and innovative research-focused undergraduate degree for intellectually ambitious students who want to study at the highest level. Every student receives intensive individual attention and is supported by specialist academic mentors. 

The program structure is extremely flexible and courses can be taken from all areas of the University. Guided and advised by your academic mentors, you will help tailor and structure progression through the degree to suit your interests and desired outcomes.

Advanced Studies Courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities 3 is aimed at building students' capacity to conceptualise and execute an original research project from first principles. This is a 12 unit course emphasizing depth and innovation, and students are encouraged and supported to organise and analyse primary data gathered during their off-campus exchange, internship, or fieldwork experiences. Students devise the research questions and data collection plan in consultation with their chosen specialist supervisor. Students receive close individual mentoring from their supervisor through the writing and analysis process, and are encouraged also to draw on the broader intellectual resources of the university.

This is the third of a staged series of Advanced Studies Courses (ASCs) in the Social Sciences and Humanities within the ANU PhB (HaSS) degree. 

Students do multiple ASCs during the PhB (HaSS) degree, each specifically designed to provide a strong research focus customised to each student and a stepping stone to the next level of independence and depth. Students personally select and work closely with a dedicated academic supervisor in a particular discipline or field of study to undertake ASCs. Learning activities and assessment are creatively devised to build transferable skills or achieve specific research outcomes, and may, for example, include:

  • Guided primary data collection, analysis, and presentation
  • Specially designed courses of fieldwork
  • Mass media production, for example web page development or Op-Ed contributions
  • Involvement in outreach activities 
  • Policy paper drafting and presentations to relevant Australian Government Departments or Units
  • Seminars to staff and students 
  • Reading courses/ literature surveys 
  • Involvement in current research at the University 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan and engage in an independent critical investigation of a chosen research topic, creating and drawing on original primary data
  2. Systematically identify concepts relevant to the available evidence, conduct analysis, and draw conclusions
  3. Discover and critically review a range of information sources, including original primary sources, to address a particular research question
  4. Apply appropriate evaluation processes to original data, whether numerical, textual, aural, or visual
  5. Understand and apply ethical standards of conduct in the collection and evaluation of data and other resources
  6. Communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment will be based primarily on a research or policy paper (or smaller series) of 6000-10,000 words, not including notes or bibliography. Up to 40% of assessment may consist of group work and/or a presentation of findings to peers, academic supervisors, or policymakers. Written details of the research topic and assessment are arranged by the academic supervisor and student in consultation, and submitted in writing to the PhB convenor for approval before the period of study for the course. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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260 hours of total student learning time

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed texts.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $6360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $9780
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1644 01 Jan 2021 22 Jan 2021 22 Jan 2021 31 Mar 2021 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4575 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3604 01 Apr 2021 23 Apr 2021 23 Apr 2021 30 Jun 2021 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4723 01 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021 30 Sep 2021 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
7634 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6575 01 Oct 2021 22 Oct 2021 22 Oct 2021 31 Dec 2021 In Person N/A

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