• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

This course involves students carrying out a research project on a policy or development issue of their choice. It gives students the opportunity to undertake detailed reaearch which can be preparatory work for PhD study. In collaboration with the Course Convenor, students will choose a topic of interest to them and focus on a sustained period of research into that topic. There is an option for limited field for which ethics clearcne would generally be required. 

A supervisor with knowledge or experience in the relevant field of study will be nominated, with whom the student is expected to schedule regular contact for advice and support. This will follow the development of a research proposal and presentation of a seminar. The write up of the project will be in the form of a sub-thesis of 10-15,000 words.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. scope, plan, implement and report on a modest research task with minimal direction; and
  2. demonstrate critical appreciation of a particular development issue;
  3. demonstrate the capacity to analyse a complex set of issues drawing on theory, practice and existing literature, and communicate it in a scholarly manner.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Regular Research updates, annotated bibliography, and research proposal (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Research Essay of up to 10,000 words (80) [LO 2,3]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from regular meetings with Supervisor and course Coordinator to provide support and track progress and independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts

Preliminary Reading

The student finds their own readings as part of the literature review

Assumed Knowledge

This course is an independent reading course. Students must have undertaken several courses in development studies with consistent high grades. It is advisable to undertake it at the end of your degree and students must consult the course convenor regarding suitability ahead of enrolment.


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.

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $7680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $11400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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