• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Sociology, Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Gavin Smith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This course gives students the opportunity to work closely with a member of academic staff in the discipline of Sociology on a research project in a field of interest. Students will develop real-world research skills and get a sense of how high-level academic research is conducted. The project, to be negotiated with a supervisor, will most often be related to work already underway by the faculty member, and the student will be offered the opportunity to join the research team. They will participate in a discrete element of the broader project.

Work submitted for assessment in SOCY3001 may not be resubmitted in whole or part for assessment in any other course, including in any Thesis (THES-coded) courses:

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify a research question or problem within an existing field of social scientific inquiry and devise a plan for investigating it;
  2. formulate a program of reading in consultation with a professional social scientist to provide context for the investigation;
  3. develop a timeline for the research project and manage work to that timeline;
  4. communicate research results —orally, visually and in writing — in a style consistent with academic standards; and
  5. work as part of a research team.

Other Information

Enrolment in the course requires 1) the agreement of a supervisor and 2) the completion of an application form (at least a month before the course commences). Information on how to apply can be found here: http://sociology.cass.anu.edu.au/socy3001-application-information

Recycling “is the submission for assessment of work which, wholly or in large part, has been previously presented by the same student for another assessment, either at the Australian National University or elsewhere” (Code of Practice for Student Academic Integrity https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_000392, paragraph 2).

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Paper, (4000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Poster Presentation (1 poster, 20% and 15 min presentation, 15%) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Participation in Project Team (continuous assessment by supervisor) (10) [LO 5]
  4. Tutorial presentation (10 minutes) (10) [LO 1]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 12 hours of supervisor meetings;
b) 10 hours of tutorials;  and
c) 108 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

The readings are chosen by the project supervisor, in consultation with the student, based on relevance to the project at hand.

Assumed Knowledge

96 units towards a degree. A student will normally be required to have a minimum 70 (distinction) average over at least six courses either available in the Sociology major, or listed in the orders for the Bachelor of Policy Studies, as well as written agreement of a supervisor.


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 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
7428 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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