Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Click on an offering mode for more details.

Unit Overview


This honours unit is compulsory for students of French Studies, German Studies and Italian Studies who are commencing their dissertation. It is also the co-requisite for TRNS5020 Translation Studies Dissertation 1 for selected students in the Master of Translation Studies. It is taught by the honours coordinator for European Languages and Studies and takes the form of a seminar.

Some of the seminar sessions examine major aspects of developing a research project (in this case, the honours or masters dissertation): formulating a research question in relation to existing knowledge; developing a formal research proposal; writing a literature review; structuring the dissertation; and advanced academic style.

Students have the opportunity early in the semester to receive feedback on their draft research proposal from their peers in a supportive environment. Later in the semester they workshop their draft literature review. Students who undertook this unit during the previous semester and are completing their dissertations this semester join the group from time to time and both give feedback to current students on their research proposal and literature review drafts and have the opportunity to have a chapter draft workshopped by the group. Current students benefit from the experience and insights of students one semester further along in the dissertation writing process.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in French Studies; German Studies; Italian Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) identify appropriate research methods to address different research questions and apply strong conceptual skills; (2) locate resources in their field in both English and the target language, and demonstrate their skills in building bibliographies; (3) critically evaluate and synthesise existing knowledge/theories in both English and the target language; (4) apply advanced skills in academic writing and in oral presentations in the target language; and (5) demonstrate high levels of competency in independent research in preparation for possible postgraduate studies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal: oral presentation and written submission; (2) literature review; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alexandra Ludewig
Unit rules
EURO7481 Honours Seminar 1 (European Studies).
GRMN4101 Advanced Research Skills.
ITAL4101 Advanced Research Skills.
FREN4101 Advanced Research Skills
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week over 12 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.