• Offered by ANU College of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Vice Chancellor Postgraduate
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Beyond Chaos is open to postgraduate students from all Colleges at the ANU. 

This is a Special Topics course which challenges and supports later-year students to explore and respond to contemporary topics and to tackle pressing issues through interdisciplinary inquiry. By moving Beyond the Chaos of issues, we learn to appreciate multiple perspectives, competing interests, historical factors and the dynamics of the given topic. Each offering of the course will focus on a different contemporary topic of critical importance, with convenership from experts from across ANU. 

Students should come to this course with an open mind and a thirst for knowledge. There is no assumed knowledge about the topic required for enrolment in this course. The only requirements are that students be willing to step outside their comfort zone, explore previously unfamiliar materials and work collaboratively with students from other disciplines. 

For details on current and future offerings, visit: https://vc-courses.anu.edu.au 

Note: This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Draw connections between individual experience, discipline knowledge and real-world issues.
  2. Interpret and justify intersecting scales of action which contribute to complex social, environmental and technological phenomena.
  3. Demonstrate leadership and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries
  4. Apply a broad repertoire of disciplinary skills across learning contexts, including formal and informal settings and face-to-face and virtual environments.
  5. Plan and engage in a critical or creative investigation and evaluation of a relevant topic.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessments and their weighting will vary depending on the nature of the topic, but will include a combination of individual and collaborative work with at least two components: (null) [LO null]
  2. Formative task/s (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Final assessment/s (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session, the specific breakdown of which will be identified in the Class Summary. Assessment tasks will vary depending on the topic.

Inherent Requirements

Will vary depending on the Topic

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the ANU College of Science to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Please see the VC's Course Website for details of prescribed texts in each class.

Preliminary Reading

Students wishing to undertake this course must complete an Expression of Interest against the Topic in order to receive a permission code.

Students may take Beyond Chaos twice under different topics. On successful completion of the course, the Topic title will be listed on student transcripts.


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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There are no current offerings for this course.

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