• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Eryn Newman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
    Spring Session 2024
    See Future Offerings

The course will involve seminars and/or research programs to be supervised by staff members or visitors to the ANU. The format of this course will depend on the availability and interests of staff in given years. Topic options will be announced on the RSP web page prior to the commencement of the semester. More information on the special topics available can be found at https://psychology.anu.edu.au/study/special-topics

Note. This is an Honours Pathway Course that involves material of a greater conceptual difficulty and research orientation than non-Honours Pathway courses.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Pursue a sustained, guided critical investigation and evaluation of a topic relevant to psychology.
  2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
  3. Work constructively with active researchers on issues relevant to psychology.
  4. Communicate research concepts and results effectively in appropriate formats.

Work Integrated Learning


Students may engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a component of the course

Other Information

The Special Topics course can be completed a maximum of two times; students cannot repeat the course with an identical topic. 

Information on how to enrol can be found at https://psychology.anu.edu.au/study/special-topics

Indicative Assessment

  1. The nature and weighting of assessment items will vary widely and be customised in negotiation with each student depending on the Special Topic. An example assessment structure is: (null) [LO null]
  2. Review of the literature to develop a learning/research plan (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Presentation of a theoretical or empirical project (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. A summary paper (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester which will include regular meetings with the supervisor and a large component of self-study which will include preparation for any presentations and other assessment tasks.

Assessment tasks will vary depending on the project.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

A permission code is required to enrol in this course. Students admitted to this course will usually require a minimum average mark of 65 in Psychology courses.

You will need to contact the School of Medicine and Psychology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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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 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7897 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9224 01 Oct 2024 18 Oct 2024 18 Oct 2024 31 Dec 2024 In Person N/A

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