• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Policy Studies, Climate
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rebecca Colvin
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

This is a research-intensive course that allows students to explore in greater depth a research topic of their own choice in the area of environmental, development and climate change policy. Students will undertake independent research, supported by the course convenor and provided resources. The course is intended to foster students' capabilities and confidence in defining an important research question, developing a rigorous and feasible approach/method, and writing a coherent and compelling research paper. Generally, students undertake policy analysis, conceptual or literature syntheses, or analysis of existing and accessible materials. The final research paper, targeted at around 5,000 words in length, serves to establish and demonstrate the students' area of expertise. High achieving students have pursued, and succeeded in achieving, formal academic publication of their research papers. The course is based around 'class meetings' that are responsive to student needs, and highly discussion-based. Peer learning occurs through these class meetings, as well as a special session toward the end of semester when students present the findings of their research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan and conduct independent research on a supervised topic related to environmental, development and climate change policy.
  2. Communicate the context, methodologies and findings of the research clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  3. Critically reflect upon and synthesise complex information, issues, concepts and theories as they apply to the climate change policy topic.
  4. Demonstrate ethically sound and professional research practice.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research proposal (1,500 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Oral and written overview of preliminary findings (1,500 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Final research paper (5,000 words) (80) [LO 1,2,3,4]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


A standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class contact and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

See Wattle. A course handbook is provided to students that curates key readings to align with activities toward completion of the research paper.


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 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
5629 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View
7198 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online View

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