• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies, Australian Indigenous Studies, Social Research, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2024
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This intensive course allows students to prepare a research proposal and human research ethics application. The course is suitable for students considering pursuing a thesis or anthropologically informed research projects outside academia. The course is a requirement in order to enroll into the thesis for the Master of Anthropology for Planetary Futures.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. pose an original, anthropologically informed research question which is situated within the relevant theoretical literature related to the chosen topic;
  2. explain the significance of the research project in the context of the literature and the implications of what has been learned in conducting a project;
  3. understand research design, and be able to choose rigorous research methods and methodologies applicable to the topic of study and relevant theories to address a problem focused research question(s);
  4. structure, present and write a research proposal, using high level written and verbal communication skills; and
  5. identify and address ethical challenges in relation to anthropological research projects in the form of a well articulated ethics research application.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Annotated bibliography, 1000 words (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Ethics Application, 2000 words (25) [LO 5]
  3. Research proposal, 3000 words (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 12 hours of contact with convenor

b) 118 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Master of Anthropology for Planetary Futures, have completed 24 units of 6000 or 8000 level Anthropology (ANTH) courses with an average mark of at least 70, and with permission from the convener.

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

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Preliminary Reading

George, Lily, Lindsey Te Ata O. Tu Macdonald, and Juan Tauri. "An introduction to indigenous research ethics." In Indigenous research ethics: claiming research sovereignty beyond deficit and the colonial legacy, pp. 1-15. Emerald Publishing Limited, 2020.

Ballestero, Andrea, and Brit Ross Winthereik. Experimenting with ethnography: A companion to analysis. Duke University Press, 2021.

Bell, Kirsten. "The ‘problem’of undesigned relationality: Ethnographic fieldwork, dual roles and research ethics." Ethnography 20, no. 1 (2019): 8-26.

Driscoll, Jesse, and Caroline Schuster. "Spies like us." Ethnography 19, no. 3 (2018): 411-430.


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.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $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.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9453 01 Oct 2024 01 Oct 2024 11 Oct 2024 08 Nov 2024 In Person N/A
9455 01 Oct 2024 01 Oct 2024 11 Oct 2024 08 Nov 2024 Online N/A

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