Seminar in [Topic]

The unit Seminar in [Topic] is an advanced graduate seminar unit. A seminar is a class of students and an academic staff member that meets regularly.  A seminar has no lectures.  Students discuss assigned readings and students’ presentations related to their particular area of interest or research. The unit is designed to promote peer participatory learning as a means of honing critical research skills. The unit is an Elective unit which, when applied to a specific Discipline, forms part of a Specialisation within that Discipline within the postgraduate awards.

This unit is generic and can be applied to any discipline or sub discipline. Generic “teaching” units contribute to flexibility in teaching practice through innovations and increase student engagement in learning. It allows lecturers to respond to student initiatives, to the latest developments in the disciplines, and to the availability of leaders in the field. These units provide an opportunity through lectures, seminars, guided research, or other means to engage students with ground breaking research, creative initiatives, and stimulating variations from the standard curriculum.


Study Level



Can be offered in any discipline or sub discipline

Credit Points



18 credit points including 9 credit points in the Discipline in focus



Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Define a focused area of scholarly investigation;
  2. Review critically an extensive range of relevant scholarly literature;
  3. Present reviews of their work in progress to a group of peers;
  4. Engage in critique of student presentations within a group setting;
  5. Produce a polished piece of academic writing encapsulating the findings of their reading.
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