• 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, Human Sciences, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Tom Cliff
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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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 1 is a guided reading and literature review course aimed at building students' capacity to undertake and articulate the findings of a research project in a field of their own choosing. Students develop their research paper along with a select cohort of peers, all of whom receive close individual mentoring from the program convener, who helps in particular to frame the research questions, the literature reviewed, and the paper structure.

This is the first 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 a guided review of a body of literature, typically relating to a specific region, key debate, or outstanding research problem.
  2. Systematically identify concepts relevant to the available evidence and compare the strength of various arguments
  3. Discover and critically review a range of information sources pertaining to a specific region or academic discipline
  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.

Other Information

This course is a guided Literature Review course run with all first year PhB students

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment will be based on a literature review paper of 4000 words, not including notes or bibliography, plus a presentation of findings to peers and academic supervisors. The disciplinary area and topic of the review will be decided by the student and PhB convenor in consultation. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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.


This course requires a total of 130 hours of work on the following activities: 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks and 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course students must be studying a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Humanities and Social Sciences and have completed a total of 18 units of university courses.

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


Preliminary Reading

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:
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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7433 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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