• Code LING4103
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

This course offers an introduction to the research approaches and methods used in linguistics, applied linguistics and other areas of research concerned with diverse linguistic and sociocultural phenomena. Key questions for emerging researchers are examined, including: (1) what counts as knowledge-building and evidence within different approaches to research, (2) what tools and techniques are available for researchers interested in linguistic and cultural practices, and (3) how to carry out research ethically. Students will explore a range of predominantly qualitative approaches, methods and techniques, such as ethnography, co-design, mixed methods, interviews, surveys and discourse analysis, through critical reflection on studies that have employed the methods in focus. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to a personal research interest. Material submitted for assessment in this course may be incorporated into a student’s thesis.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand and apply established research approaches and techniques to identify, describe, analyse and explain linguistic and cultural phenomena;
  2. critically evaluate studies which use qualitative research methodologies and techniques;
  3. identify and synthesise relevant literature and other information sources to identify research gaps;
  4. understand the role of the researcher in relation to research topics and research participants;
  5. communicate effectively about research aims, methods and processes to academic and general audiences.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Engagement tasks (e.g., quizzes, forums, interactive activities) (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  2. Qualitative data analysis task (6 unit course - 1200 words; 12 unit course - 2000 words) (20) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  3. Critical evaluation of research literature (6 unit course - 1200 words; 12 unit course - 3000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Research proposal or small study and oral presentation ( 6 unit course - 1500 word paper and 10-min presentation) ( 12 unit course - 3000 word paper and 10-min presentation) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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6-unit course: 130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact comprising lectures, tutorials, workshops or practical laboratories

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

12-unit course: 260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact comprising lectures, tutorials, workshops or practical laboratories

b) 224 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 Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Languages Honours (HLANG), Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Honours (HMECA) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or have completed 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR). Incompatible with LING8026.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major.


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 to 12 units

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6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $660 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $850 per unit
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4393 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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