• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Language Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Asian Languages, European Languages, Latin American Languages, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ash Collins
    • Dr Daniel Martin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

This readings-based course will build students’ research skills and knowledge in the academic writing conventions of their target language, and provide students with analytical tools to critically evaluate a range of primary and secondary material. Critical discussion and analysis of scholarly writing from a range of intellectual traditions and perspectives will enable students to situate their research and methodological approach within a broader academic framework.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the academic writing conventions of the target language;
  2. evaluate knowledge of appropriate theories, methodologies, or intellectual traditions in different languages; and
  3. analyse and critically evaluate primary and secondary materials in both English and the target language, and apply these in mapping the argumentation and methodological framework of their own thesis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Literature review of articles in English and the target language related to the student’s thesis, including analysis of written academic conventions of the target language, 2500-3000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Oral presentation (15 minutes) and written overview of thesis methodology and theoretical framework (2500 - 3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Thesis abstract (500 words) (10) [LO 1,3]

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.


260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 24 hours of contact with supervisor/instructor over 12 weeks, which may include one-on-one or small workshop-style meetings

b) 236 hours of independent student research, reading and writing (approximately 15-20 hours per week).

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Languages Honours (HLANG), Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Honours (HMECA) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or have completed 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major or advanced knowledge of a language.


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
2023 $7920
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $10200
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
2534 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 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
5517 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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