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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Schools Enrichment Program

We are excited to offer a tailored Enrichment Program from the College of Arts & Social Sciences (CASS), offering the most popular and flexible degree – the Bachelor of Arts - and 19 additional undergraduate programs.

This Enrichment Program features a number of sessions across a broad range of disciplines. Students will have the unique opportunity to engage with leading researchers on topics designed to deepen their knowledge and interest in the subject area.

ANU has a global reputation in arts, humanities & social sciences and is ranked number one in Australia.  These strengths include:

  • Anthropology - 7th globally
  • Archaeology - 8th globally
  • Development studies - 8th globally
  • Politics and International studies - 8th globally
  • History - 12th globally
  • Social policy and public administration - 14th globally
  • Sociology - 16th globally
  • Philosophy - 20th globally
  • English language and literature - 22nd globally
  • Modern languages - 26th globally*

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

We look forward to welcoming your group on campus or engaging with your students in class.

Enrichment Program Activities

ANU Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Showcase: 5-6 April 2017

Designed to give students an immersive experience across languages, humanities, creative arts, and social sciences. Students will be able to personalise a program to suit their interests and inspire their curiosity. They will experience a day in the life of a university student first-hand. This full-day event will be facilitated by leading researchers.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Areas of Interest: Anthropology, archaeology, arts, classics, criminology, demography, development studies, English, history, international relations, languages, Latin American studies, linguistics, Middle Eastern and central Asian studies, music, philosophy, policy studies, politics and sociology
Location: On campus
Year group: 9-12
No. of students: Numbers limited
Time: Wednesday, 5 and Thursday 6 April 2017; 10.00 - 3.00
Availability: Two-day event
Format: Interactive lectures and presentations
Cost: No cost

ANU Languages Showcase: 31 May 2017

This event gives students from the ACT and surrounds the opportunity to come onto campus to experience an engaging, interactive and first-hand taste of university language studies. This one-day event features both short presentations from ANU's leading language experts and interactive language activities. The full breadth of languages available at ANU—including Asian, Modern European, Ancient, Middle Eastern and Australian Indigenous languages—will be showcased. There will be a student exchange panel and some contextual mini lectures on topical issues related to the regions of focus. ANU  language students will be there to speak first-hand about studying a language at ANU.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and ANU College of Asia and the Paficic
Areas of Interest: Language study
Location: On campus
Year group: 9-12
No. of students: Numbers limited
Time: 31 May 2017, 10.00-3.00
Availability: Single day event
Format: Presentations, interactive classes, introduction of university language study
Cost: No cost

Arab and Islamic Studies – Middle East and Central Asia

Delve deep into the history, politics, economy and culture of the Middle East and Central Asia. 

This session is offered by the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, led by Distinguished Professor Amin Saikal, one of the foremost leading experts on the Middle East, who provides frequent commentary on TV and radio.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Politics, history, Middle Eastern studies, language, culture
Location: On campus
Year group: 10-12
No. of students: 50
Time: Flexible
Availability: Anytime during teaching periods
Format: Interactive workshop
Cost: No cost

Archaeology: Making blades – stone artefact knapping workshop

Our ancient ancestors made stone blades (sometimes hafted on wooden handles). This allowed them to spear and butcher animals, cut down saplings and many other tasks. As archaeologists we find these stone artefacts scattered across the country, allowing us to revive long buried stories and learn about the people who made them. In this workshop we will show you examples of tools spanning 200,000 years and many continents and teach you how to make stone blades.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Archaeology
Location: On campus
Year group: 9-12
No. of students: 20 max
Time: 60-90 mins
Availability: Anytime during teaching period
Format: Brief presentation followed by interactive activity
Cost: No cost

Art at ANU: Tours of the School of Art & Design

The ANU School of Art & Design (SOA&D) prepares students for professional careers in visual arts, curatorship or design. It has built a reputation as a leading arts educator offering specialist training across a range of visual arts and crafts disciplines, design, art history and curatorship, and art theory.

Tours of the School of Art & Design can visit all or a selection of the following areas: Animation and Video, Ceramics, Furniture, Glass, Gold & Silversmithing, Painting Photography, Printmedia & Drawing, Sculpture and Textiles and the School’s galleries.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Art, Design
Location: On campus. School of Art & Design, 105 Childers Street, ANU Campus
Year group: 9-12
No. of students: 15 preferred. Maximum 20
Time: 30-60 mins (flexible) 30 min tour would include 4-5 workshops. 60 min tour would include more
Availability: Any day of the week except Monday during teaching periods
Format: Tour
Cost: No cost

Art History and Art Theory

Art History introduces students to painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, architecture, film, digital images and the decorative arts within their historical, social, cultural and political contexts.

Art Theory is primarily designed to meet the needs and interest of visual artists, designers and makers by informing their practice with sustained critical inquiry into the social, cultural, ethical and historical contexts of contemporary art.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Art history, Art Theory, Curatorship
Location: On campus. School of Art & Design, 105 Childers Street, ANU Campus
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: 15 preferred. Maximum 20
Time: 60mins (flexible)
Availability: Any time during teaching periods
Format: Presentation
Cost: No cost

Being safe and keeping safe online

Delivered by our leading criminologists, this session is designed to provide students with the tools to understand safety on the internet. Information in the session can include phishing attempts, security of personal information, and social media. 

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Criminology, cyber safety, social media
Location: On campus
Year group: 10-12
No. of students: 20 max
Time: 90 minutes
Availability: Anytime during teaching period
Format: Brief presentation followed by interactive activity
Cost: No cost

Biological and forensic anthropology: Bone lab

An interactive workshop in which students will handle and identify primate, extinct and modern human bones to find out how human evolution, and forensic profiles are reconstructed from fossil and skeletal remains.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Anthropology
Location: On campus
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: 15 max
Time: 60 mins
Availability: Anytime during teaching period. Advance notice is required to book labs and prepare specimens.
Format: Workshop
Cost: No cost

Biological Anthropology: Primate conservation in disappearing habitats

Monkeys and apes are the closest living relatives to humans, yet due to habitat destruction they are disappearing at an alarming rate. This tutorial style workshop will explore some of these endangered species and various conservation strategies being used to save them and their habitats.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Biological Anthropology
Location: On campus
Year group: All years
No. of students: up to 25
Time: 60 mins
Availability: Anytime during teaching period
Format: Workshop
Cost: No cost

Design at ANU: Design workshop

Design at the ANU School of Art & Design produces inventive graduates equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed in new and emerging fields of design practice. The program’s breadth of content presents an exciting mix of hands-on making and innovative digital practices, while its flexible structure allows students to build truly unique educational experiences. 

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Design, art, computing, engineering
Location: On campus or in school
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: 15 preferred. Maximum 20
Time: 60 - 180 minute workshop
Availability: Any time during teaching periods
Format: Workshop
Cost: No cost

Discover Demography

Demography is fundamental for understanding the world around us – from our society and economy to the environment we live in. Discover this fascinating discipline with leading experts at ANU. Sessions in the School of Demography can cover the following topics:

  • The drivers and consequences of demographic change
  • Our life course and the importance of family, health and society
  • Canberra’s past, present and future – is it growing the way we expected?
College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Demography, population, migration, fertility, family, mortality, health
Location: On campus
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: 25
Time: Flexible
Availability: Anytime during teaching period
Format: Presentations
Cost: No cost

English Literature

Can studying English give you the extra edge in life? Make up your own mind when you experience a foretaste of university level literary studies by choosing a session on one of the texts studied at school. The below sessions are available:

  •  Jane Austen past and present
  • How to read poetry
  • Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre
College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: English literature
Location: On campus or in school
Year group: 11 and 12
No. of students: Minimum 25 for in-school, any number on campus
Time: 30-60mins (flexible)
Availability: Any time during teaching period
Format: Interactive lecture
Cost: No cost

History

The ANU is ranked first in Australia and 12th in the world for history. Areas of interest in at the ANU School of History include Australia, the United States and Europe. Sessions in the School of History can cover the following topics:

  • The Hidden History of Canberra – Professor Nicholas Brown
  • The Eighties – the decade that changed Australia – Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno

As Manning Clark, who founded History at the ANU, would say: come and join the great conversation. 

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: History
Location: On campus
Year group: 9-12
No. of students: 25
Time: Flexible
Availability: Mondays or Fridays during teaching period
Format: Presentations
Cost: No cost

Languages: Translation

Translators are highly sought after language professionals, who, as well as having excellent linguistic abilities also have highly-developed analytical and written communication skills. This session introduce students to the linguistic process of translation—what are the issues faced by translators? What makes a good translation and why? How is translation even possible, if each language is intrinsically tied to the culture of its speakers?

 

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Language study, translation
Location: On campus or in schools
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: 20-30
Time: 60 minutes
Availability: Any time during teaching period
Format: Presentation and interaqctive activity
Cost: No cost

Learn to write your name in Arabic or Persian

Arabic is the mother language of over 250 million people in the Middle East (West Asia and North Africa), and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. It was the language of an ancient civilization, which contributed greatly to human knowledge. Arabic is also the living medium of a contemporary dynamic literature and culture. Its rich and magnificent poetry, classical and modern, is especially captivating.

Persian (otherwise known as Farsi) is spoken today primarily in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan and was once widely understood from the Mediterranean to India, and has a rich historical and cultural legacy.

In this interactive calligraphy workshop, students will learn to write their name in Persian or Arabic.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Arabic, Persian
Location: On campus
Year group: 9-12
No. of students: 15-20 max
Time: 0.5 - 1 hour
Availability: Flexible
Format: Interactive workshop
Cost: No cost

Linguistics: Cracking the code of language!

Why is it that the only code not broken during World War II was a real language? How close are we to having computers who can talk to us the way that HAL does in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey? We discuss these sorts of questions and more about natural and artificial languages and introduce you to problem solving strategies for cracking a variety of language codes. You then get to apply these strategies to the sorts of problems high school students get each year as part of the Australian Computation and Linguistics Olympiad (OzClo) and the International Linguistics Olympiad (ILO). No previous language or linguistic experience necessary!

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Problem solving using both natural and artificial languages
Location: On campus or in school
Year group: 9 - 12
No. of students: Any number
Time: 1-1.5 hours (flexible)
Availability: Flexible
Format: Brief presentation followed by interactive activity
Cost: No cost

Masculinity and Men’s Magazines

Ideals of masculinity have undergone quite dramatic changes over the past couple of decades, with researchers developing new concepts to understand the different ways of being a man in the 21st century. This workshop begins with a brief presentation on masculinity studies, followed by an interactive activity focused on analysing men’s lifestyle magazines such as Men’s Health and Smith Journal.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Sociology, gender
Location: On campus
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: 20 max
Time: 1.5hours
Availability: Fridays
Format: Brief presentation followed by interactive activity
Cost: No cost

Music: Composing music for video games and film

Have you dreamed about being a songwriter, producer or audio engineer? Ever wanted to mix and play with sounds and music? We will introduce you to Logic Pro X, an industry standard piece of software, allowing you to compose, record, edit, and mix high-quality music or sound. No previous musical experience necessary!

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Audio Production and Music Composition
Location: On campus or in school if students bring mac laptops
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: 20
Time: 60 mins
Availability: Any time
Format: Presentation
Cost: No cost

Music: Composing your own original song - no experience necessary!

Have you dreamed about being a songwriter, producer or audio engineer? Ever wanted to mix and play with sounds and music? We will introduce you to Logic Pro X, an industry standard piece of software, allowing you to compose, record, edit, and mix high-quality music or sound. No previous musical experience necessary!

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Audio Production and Music Composition
Location: On campus or in school if students bring mac laptops
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: 20
Time: 60 mins
Availability: Any time
Format: Presentation
Cost: No cost

Music: Contemporary Improvisation

Humans improvise every day and music students have nothing to fear when it comes to learning how to improvise. Learn how to improvise using the tools that you already know! Open to all instruments including vocals.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Music Contemporary Improvisation
Location: On campus, School of Music, 100 Childers Street, ANU Campus
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: Any number
Time: 60 minutes (flexible)
Availability: Any time during teaching periods
Format: Presentation
Cost: No cost

Music: Engagement Program

The MEP offers training to teachers and students using its innovative Music Outreach Principle, which encourages the sharing of music, especially through singing, within and beyond the school. Many schools in Canberra use the MEP approach already. The MEP is offering sessions for existing school partners and those wishing to learn more about the approach. Workshops are tailored for each environment and there are a range of activities to suit age groups from pre-school to Year 10. Specific provision can also be made for interested College groups.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Music
Location: In school
Year group: Pre-school to Year 10; special arrangements for College as required.
No. of students: 10-300
Time: As suits site
Availability: Various times during school day
Format: Workshop for groups of students and teacher on MEP outreach singing model
Cost: No cost

Music: facilities tour

Tour the School of Music facilities with our technical staff to see the many performance spaces and how technology plays an important role in the constantly evolving delivery of tertiary music education.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Music
Location: On campus
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: 20 max
Time: 60 minutes
Availability: Any time during teaching periods
Format: Tour
Cost: No cost

Music: Using the recording studio

Have you dreamed about being a songwriter, producer or audio engineer? Ever wanted to sit in front of a giant mixing console and record music? Come play and learn in our multi-million dollar recording studio.

No previous musical experience necessary!

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Audio Production and Music Composition
Location: On campus or in school if students bring mac laptops
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: 20
Time: 60 mins
Availability: Any time
Format: Presentation
Cost: No cost

Philosophy: Harming Some to Save Others

Philosophy was a foundation discipline in the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) when ANU was created. For the last two decades the school has consistently ranked as the leading philosophy department in Australasia, and (alongside Oxford, Toronto, and Cambridge) among the top four departments in the world outside of the United States. According to Philosophical Gourmet, we presently rank 24th in the Anglophone world overall. Our faculty include 4 of the 25 most-cited living philosophers in the world, as well as recipients of major ARC awards such as Laureate and Future Fellowships, and national and international prizes for research. We have three core research centres—the Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory, the Centre for Consciousness, and the Centre for Philosophy of Science (to be launched in 2017)—but our work covers a wide range of topics, such as asian philosophy, decision theory, ethics, epistemology, European philosophy, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of science (especially philosophy of biology), political philosophy. Sessions in the School of Philosophy will address one of these areas. 

The session: our lives are sometimes harmonious; everyone can live freely and well without impinging on anyone else. But sometimes we face tragic conflicts, and the security of some can be bought only at the cost of others. Moral theory can help tell us when it is permissible to harm some in order to save others; but questions of permissible harm can also tell us much about the nature of moral theory. In this session, students will discuss central topics in the ethics of war and killing with Head of School, Associate Professor Seth Lazar (www.sethlazar.xyz). 

 

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Philosophy
Location: On campus
Year group: Year 11-12
No. of students: Flexible
Time: Flexible
Availability: Flexible
Format: Interactive
Cost: No cost

Politics and International Relations

Politics and International Relations at ANU is ranked 1 in Australia and 8th in the world. Hear from key experts in the field of Politics and International Relations about a key topic of global concern. Classes can be delivered on a case-by-case basis and tailored for the needs of the group. 

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Politics, International Relations
Location: On campus
Year group: 9-12
No. of students: 20 max
Time: Flexible
Availability: Flexible
Format: Masterclass
Cost: No cost

Rethinking Migration: Past, Present, Future

Migration and refugees dominate our news and politics but how are they understood by researchers? This multi-disciplinary workshop explores how human mobility has been analysed by different academic disciplines– from politics, law, history, economics, sociology, demography, geography, anthropology and cultural studies. How is migration changing and what impact will it have on the future? Make up your own mind as we examine a range of global case-studies and the main research approaches used in social sciences.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Global Studies, Social Sciences
Location: On campus or in school
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: 30 minimum
Time: 60 minutes
Availability: Thursdays or Fridays during teaching period
Format: Workshop
Cost: No cost

The Centre for Classical Studies: life in the ancient world

The Centre for Classical Studies offers students a chance to explore the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome from a variety of perspectives. Classics is the original interdisciplinary discipline. We use textual, historical, archaeological and theoretical tools to discover how people lived, what they thought about, and what they left behind. Antiquity continues to hold a fascination for us today. Staff are available to give talks on the ANU campus or in schools on the following broad themes:

  • Classical epic and tragedy
  • Greek and Roman history
  • Greek myth and storytelling
  • Introduction to ancient Greek and Latin
  • The objects of everyday life in Greece and Rome

These talks can be tailored to suit the interests of the class or to fit with your curriculum. In addition, we offer guided tours of our extensive museum collection.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Ancient History, Classics, Greek, Latin
Location: On campus or in schools
Year group: 9-12
No. of students: Flexible
Time: 30-60 mins (flexible)
Availability: Flexible
Format: Presentations, interactive classes, museum tours
Cost: No cost

Tours of the ANU Classics Museum

Visitors to the Classics Museum at ANU gain a taste of everyday life in the ancient world. The collection spans the Mediterranean and beyond. It features examples of ancient art and objects of daily life from Greece and the Roman world, including Egypt and the Near East.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: History, ancient languages, art
Location: On campus
Year group: 9-12
No. of students: 15 (maximum)
Time: 30-60 mins
Availability: Second Friday of each month
Format: Tour
Cost: No cost

Understanding the culture of the university

Social Anthropology is the comparative study of the ways in which people live in different cultural settings across the world, including here in Australia. It uses very practical, empirical methods to investigate human experience and looks at the different ways that people do and understand things – like education, politics, sports, gender, violence, marriage, art, science, death, birth, romance, money, clothes, family, medicine, beauty, music, food, poverty, racism, animals, human migration and asylum seeking.

This 4-day workshop will provide a practical set of methods to a culture that students should explore before they arrive as a student: the culture of the university. Just as if an anthropologist was studying a particular cultural group in Africa, he or she could look at the specific culture of the ANU. If you were to go to Africa, you might ask: How does this culture work? What are its unspoken rules? Do I understand the language people use? What are its cultural norms and values? You could ask all these questions about the culture of the university, too. It will offer an orientation to the university using anthropological approaches and methods.

Anthropology is the highest ranked discipline at ANU. It’s ranked 7th in the world and number 1 in Australia.

This workshop will no longer be proceeding this year. It will now be hosted in early 2018, with the dates to be decided later in 2017. 

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Anthropology, sociology
Location: On campus
Year group: 11-12
No. of students: Unlimited
Time: 4 days
Availability: Early 2018 - dates TBC
Format: Workshop
Cost: $175.00

Why study a Bachelor of Arts at ANU

Explore almost 50 majors and 80 minors in our ANU Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The BA is one of the most flexible degrees, with varied subjects to choose from – ranging from History to Criminology, or a language – a veritable smorgasbord of options to complement varied interests. Every one of our students is studying their own unique program. Find out why this is one of the most popular degrees at ANU.

College: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Areas of Interest: Arts & Social Sciences
Location: On campus
Year group: 9-12
No. of students: 25
Time: Flexible
Availability: Anytime
Format: Presentation
Cost: No cost

Updated:  26 May, 2017/Responsible Officer:  College Dean/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications