• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mark Gibeau
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    Second Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

High-performing students who have completed their core program requirements can pursue an individual, in-depth exploration of a topic in Asian studies not otherwise offered. Students obtain confirmation of their eligibility from the code convener and develop a specialised focus of study in consultation with an academic supervisor. While the focus is on English-language material, students studying an Asian language are encouraged to make use of those skills. It is expected that students are familiar with background material relevant to their topics, as well as with the basics of research, critical analysis, and essay writing. This readings course is suitable for students who wish to pursue an advanced topic in preparation for Honours or to gain specialized expertise that builds upon previous coursework.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of a specialised area;
  2. Define a research question;
  3. Evaluate scholarly debates and sources in your field;
  4. Exercise critical thinking through the process of active independent learning;
  5. Analyse complex specialised material;
  6. Communicate ideas clearly and coherently, both orally and in writing;
  7. Reflect on your learning over the course of the semester.

Other Information

This course is for high-performing students. Prerequisites are:

(i) completion of 72 units at ANU or equivalent, and

(ii) at least a 5.0 GPA, and 

(iii) submission to and approval by course convenor of a short (300 word) written proposal for a research essay that would form the basis of the course; this proposal should indicate the student’s relevant experience from previous coursework; and

(iv) written confirmation of supervision from a member of academic staff. Students are responsible for securing their own supervision.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Five written reports (400 words each) (35) [LO 1,3,4,5,6,7]
  2. Research essay (3,000 words) (55) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Performance in discussions with supervisor (fortnightly meetings or equivalent) (10) [LO 1,3,4,6,7]

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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study.

There will be fortnightly meetings (or equivalent) to discuss material covered, on a one-to-one basis.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable -- please see prerequisites

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 48 units of university courses.

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Texts will be determined on a one-to-one basis between student and supervisor.

Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with basic conventions for researching, writing, and formatting a research essay in humanities/social sciences. Familiarity with background material relevant to the topic.





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:
6 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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3679 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 Online or In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6660 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online or In Person N/A

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