• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Amanda Laugesen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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Writing, World Histories and Lives: Research Project (HUMN8012)

Students enrolled in the Writing, World Histories and Lives sub-plan of the Liberal Arts program may seek the approval of the program coordinator to undertake an independent research project. The course enables students to undertake an independent research project. The aim of the project is to allow students to apply the conceptual and methodological skills they have developed in the program to a particular research question or case study linked to their academic or professional interests.

Learning Outcomes

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

Course aims:

The aims of this course are to:

1. demonstrate independent thought and the ability to identify and construct a coherent research question. 

2. synthesise and articulate key concepts in the various disciplines that contribute to the Liberal Arts, and demonstrate effective interdisciplinary thinking. 

3. apply methodological, conceptual and analytic tools to advanced level research into the Liberal Arts.

4. conduct data-collection, analysis, and verbal and written presentation at the standard of a postgraduate degree.

5. model best practice and have a commitment to ethical, reflective practice in the Liberal Arts.

Learning outcomes:

On completing this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.     skills in written and verbal expression for a variety of relevant academic and / or professional purposes.

2.     skills in interdisciplinary thinking and the ability to apply theoretical ideas to case studies developed from personal observation.

3.     skills required for humanities research. This includes data-collection, analysis, and verbal and written presentation at the standard of a postgraduate degree.

4.     Model best practice and have a commitment to ethical, reflective practice in the Liberal Arts.

Indicative Assessment

5000-6000 words of written assessment or project-based work. The nature of the inquiry will be established at the commencement of the teaching period through a written proposal that will be developed in consultation between the student and supervising lecturer and then submitted to the program coordinator for formal approval.

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


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
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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
2314 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

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