• Code THES4501
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Thesis
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Chui Ling Evelyn Goh
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    Second Semester 2018
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All students undertaking an Honours program in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific are required to complete a 36 unit thesis. Thesis in ISS is the Honours thesis course for the Bachelor of International Security Studies Honours plan.  Students in this course carry out advanced research on a question of their choice, relating to international, political and security studies. Their topic is agreed with their thesis supervisor and approved by the CAP Honours Program convenor. Students design and implement a project to answer their research question, to place the answer in the context of an intellectual tradition, and to communicate it clearly to others.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. pose a significant research question relating to international, political or security studies;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to the discipline in which they are situated, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium. 

Indicative Assessment

A thesis of 20,000 – 25,000 words in length (including footnotes, bibliography, tables and maps, but excluding appendices) is the sole piece of assessment for this course; to successfully complete this course, it must demonstrate all learning outcomes (1-3 above). 

Students undertaking the Asia-Pacific International, Political and Security studies specialisation in the Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours plan, whose topic relates to Asia, are required to use Asian language sources in their thesis. In addition to demonstrating the above learning outcomes, these students' theses must demonstrate evidence of the students' proficiency - and ability to conduct supervised research - in at least one Asian language. This requirement does not apply to students whose topic relates to the Pacific, or to those undertaking the Bachelor of International Security Studies Honours plan.

The thesis is marked by two examiners with relevant academic expertise, who must not be the student’s supervisor or have had significant previous engagement with the student in relation to the thesis. The CAP Honours Program Guide includes guidelines on expectations for the Honours thesis. The same guidelines will be sent to each thesis examiner. The thesis constitutes 75% of  total assessment for the Honours year. 

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A total of 720 hours (260 hours in 1st semester, 520 hours in 2nd semester) student learning time, including a minimum of 12 hours face-to-face contact with the supervisor. It is the joint responsibility of the student and supervisor to arrange times for face-to-face contact. Supervisors will normally be available for email or face-to-face consultation only during the teaching weeks of each semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 to 24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

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
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $570 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $810 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4568 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9617 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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