• Offered by ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The Advanced Studies courses are taken under the direction of the supervisor, but may involve teaching and learning from a wide variety of sources, including other ANU Colleges/Schools/Centres. In each case, the experience of the student will be oriented towards the development of a research career. Advanced Studies courses can be counted towards a major, with the permission of the discipline concerned and of the PhB Convenor.

There are three main ways in which Advanced Studies courses may be negotiated, but in each instance the assessment will focus exclusively on a major project:

Under the guidance of the supervisor, the student may arrange for a Reading Course in which to pursue a particular topic in more detail. The Reading Course may be run by the supervisor, or by another member of academic staff working in an area of particular relevance to the student's interests. If the course is run by someone other than the supervisor, that person is known as the 'course convenor'.

Alternatively, the student may want to focus on a project. Once again the student would negotiate an appropriate program under the guidance of the supervisor and, once again, such a program may be run by someone other than the supervisor: the course convenor. Learning activities may include attending the teaching events for a course already offered. Such a decision would take into account the student's interests and academic direction. The supervisor, course convenor and student would together decide on an appropriate theme that would be the focus of the student's work throughout the semester  and this theme would result in a major project.

Undertaking an internship. Again, this would be negotiated under the guidance of the supervisor.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. formulate a coherent program of study in consultation with an academic
  2. identify a series of questions and problems in a particular field of study and devise a plan for dealing with them
  3. analyse the major contributions to a particular field of study
  4. evaluate the significant debates, problems and controversies in a particular field of study
  5. locate and interpret a body of sources relevant to the field of study

Indicative Assessment

  1. Learning Plan (Questions and problems/reading list/assessment plan) due by the end of week 3 – 1000 words (excluding reading list) (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Assessment exercises negotiated between student and supervisor/course convener and approved by the PhB Convener – total 4000 words (90) [LO 2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 36 hours of seminars and tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (APHAR) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (APNAR). Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

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6.00 0.12500
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2024 $4080
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2024 $5280
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