ANU1 - Mobilising Research
26 June 2017 – 14 July 2017
Hosted by Australian National University
Mobilising Research examines the role of research for the advancement of society. This intensive, interdisciplinary course will equip students to put research into action and reset the research agenda towards the advancement of the global public good.
Students are exposed to how scholarly inquiry is conducted in a range of disciplines outside their own through interactive sessions and site visits to leading research facilities on campus. The exposure to different mindsets, approaches, and cultural norms will challenge students to see how research can be used to make positive change.
Students will explore a complex global problem of their choosing, and understand how research can be used to navigate and shape public opinion about the issue.
The course will include a field trip to the ANU Kioloa Campus on the South Coast. The trip is an opportunity to engage in interactive activities in a relaxed environment, as well as to explore local indigenous culture and environmental management and the beautiful beaches and wildlife of the NSW south coast. https://youtu.be/GJD-NSMp5rs.
Students will travel by bus from Canberra to Kioloa and the trip takes approximately 3 hours.
Target Audience & Prerequisites
This course is aimed at bachelor students from all disciplines who are considering further studies in graduate-level research.
Students are welcome from all disciplines but should have demonstrated interest in research during their studies.
Delivery Method & Learning Outcomes
Mobilising Research will examine the role of research for the advancement of society. Students will be exposed to how scholarly inquiry is conducted in a range of disciplines outside their own course of study through interactive discussions with academics and policy-makers, and site visits to leading research facilities on campus. This is an ideal opportunity for students to be exposed to the world-leading research being undertaken at the ANU and to build connections with international academics.
Students will be treated as part of the research community at ANU. We will investigate the broader questions around research from multiple perspectives. Topics include:
- the role of research in shaping the public good;
- scholarship in and between the disciplines;
- ownership of knowledge for the public good;
- cultural perspectives on research in a globalised world;
- organisational implementation of research;
- mobilisation of research for the public good.
Students will prepare for the course with a partner in the weeks leading up to the course. The preparation will be different for each partnership. This will work towards the ‘Activity’ facilitation in the first week.
There are no lectures in this course. Students will have introductory workshops, meet with academics, and be involved in the delivery of their own workshops about an aspect of research.
Morning and afternoon sessions will run Monday to Thursday, with additional sessions to attend relevant public events and research training workshops.
This course aims to expand participants’ understanding of and confidence in applying:
LO1: Methods for negotiating, identifying and articulating societal issues and problems so that they become expressed in forms that can benefit from the application of research.
LO2: Disciplinary characteristics of research, and methods for integrating research across disciplinary edges.
LO3: Methods for implementing and evaluating research-based interventions and contributions that address societal problems.
Details about the size and scope of the assessment will be negotiated with students during the first days of the course. The assessment will be made up of three components, with the following suggested weightings:
Activity co-facilitations - 25%
Group position paper - 25%
Individual learning portfolio and 3-minute talk - 50%
Credit equivalent at host university & contact hours
Mobilising Research is a high intensity course. It is equivalent to a full semester-length course but conducted over just three weeks.
The course is worth 6 units at ANU (ANU full time students take 24 units per semester). As the course is run in intensive mode, classes will be scheduled for morning and afternoon sessions, Mondays through Thursdays.
All students should expect approximately 16 hours of contact per week, made up of face-to-face sessions and site visits. Students will also need to commit to eight hours of independent learning or group project work per week.
Additionally, students are asked to prepare for the course ahead of time by allocated reading and resources with a partner before the course.
Students will also be invited to engage in ANU public lectures outside of class time, typically in the evenings.
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
Course convenor: Chris Browne
25/6/2017 – Accommodation on campus – details to be advised
Monday 26/6/2017 – Friday 30/6/12
The Mobilising Research course will commence with a four day field trip to the ANU South Coast Campus – Kioloa. The ANU Kioloa Campus is located near Bawley Point on the New South Wales south coast. This historic rural property extends from the beach through coastal dunes to farmland and forests on the inland range of hills. Accommodation at Kioloa is in multi-room cabins with shared facilities. For more information: http://kioloa.anu.edu.au/
Friday 30/6/17 – Saturday 15/7/2016
Students will stay in apartment style accommodation at ANU UniLodge. Each student will have a single room, including a single bed, wardrobe, desk, chair and washbasin.
Students must arrive by 25/6/2017.
Students will be able to check in from 25/6/2017.
Check-out date 15/7/2017.
Figures are estimates only. Click on each item for details.
Tuition FeesWaived for incoming IARU students. ANU students will attract the usual ANU course fees.
AccommodationAccommodation at UniLodge, including meals: Est AUD 1,300
Field TripEst AUD 600
TextbooksMaterials will be provided.
Living ExpensesAll meals are included with accommodation. An estimate of an additional AUD $150 per week as spending money. Cost will vary according to each student’s personal spending habits.
ScholarshipsThe tuition fee for incoming IARU partner students will be sponsored by ANU. ANU will cover the cost of the field trip for ANU students.
Estimate of visa fee: An Australian Visitor or Tourist visa may allow you to study in Australia for up to three months in a non-award program, and you are encouraged to investigate if this will apply in your individual circumstance. On request the ANU GSP coordinator can provide supporting letters for your visa application.
The visa fee will vary depending on how long students choose to stay in Australia following the program. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they apply for the right type of visa, meet the application requirements and understand their obligations while in Australia.
Information about visas is available from your nearest Australian visa office and may also be accessed at https://www.border.gov.au/. You must check with the relevant Australian diplomatic mission for further information in obtaining a visa to visit Australia.
Required and / or Recommended Insurance(s)
Students should make themselves aware of insurance requirements in order to obtain certain types of visas to Australia. It is strongly recommended all students understand any reciprocal arrangements their home country has with Australia; and the requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.