• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ben Mercer
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

This course provides students with an opportunity to undertake a program of in-depth reading in an area of history under the guidance of a staff member. The nature of the program will be negotiated between the student and a proposed supervisor, but might include Australian History, Indigenous History, Environmental History, Imperial and Colonial History, Medieval and Early Modern History, the history of Gender and Sexuality, American History, European History, or Transnational History.

Students must gain the formal agreement of a staff member to supervise them before enrolling in this course.

This course may be repeated for credit and taken up to 4 times if a different topic is studied each time. Enrolment multiple times in a teaching session is permitted with permission from the convenor.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. formulate a coherent program of reading in consultation with a professional historian;
  2. identify a series of historical questions and problems in a field and devise a plan for dealing with them;
  3. analyse the major contributions to the historiography of a coherent field of study;
  4. evaluate the significant debates, problems and controversies in a particular field of historical study; and
  5. locate and interpret a body of primary source materials relevant to the field of historical study.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Learning Plan (Reading List/ Questions and Problems/ Assessment Plan), 800 words, excluding reading lists (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Essay 1, 2000 words (40) [LO 3,4,5]
  3. Essay 2, 3000 words (50) [LO 3,4,5]

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.


130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 6 hours of contact over 12 weeks of supervisor meetings.
b) 124 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

None.  Readings are to be negotiated between student and supervisor.


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
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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
2677 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
3279 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7666 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View
8249 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online View

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