• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Wai Yeap Chan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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The course provides basic training in research design, research methods and ethics for students whose Honours thesis topics relate to International, Political and Security Studies in the Asia Pacific. It is required for all students enrolled in the Bachelor of International Security Studies Honours plan, and for all students enrolled in the Asia-Pacific Politics specialisation of the Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours plan.

Students will be trained to pose theoretically sound research questions, design feasible, appropriate research methods and locate their thesis in relation to debates in their discipline. The course aims to help students acquire the skills required to independently design, conduct and write up the findings from a scholarly research project.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically engage with disciplinary debates in research design and methodology.
  2. Design a theoretically and methodologically sound research project.
  3. Explore a range of methods to research a question in international, political and security studies in the Asia Pacific.
  4. Develop knowledge in navigating different research approaches and methods.
  5. Acquire the ability to present research questions, a research design and preliminary findings to an audience of academics and student peers.
  6. Undertake constructive peer review on scholarly works.
  7. Produce competent and professional academic writing.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Thesis proposal presentation (10) [LO 1,2,5,6]
  2. Refined thesis proposal (2500 words max) (20) [LO 2,3,4,7]
  3. Annotated Bibliography (1200 words max) (15) [LO 1,3,5,6]
  4. Peer review of another student's draft introductory chapter (15) [LO 1,4,5,6]
  5. Draft introductory chapter of thesis (4000 words max) (40) [LO 1,3,4,7]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


This course comprises some 260 hours of activity over 12 weeks. The course comprises a maximum of 10k words of assessment or the equivalent. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Sandra Halperin and Oliver Heath, Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (Oxford University Press, 2012)


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:
12 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.

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $8880
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $12000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
2589 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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