Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course examines the history and learning principles of the Humanities and explores how critical thinking occurs inside and across disciplines. You will consider the complexity of today's world and engage in intellectual debates on the big ideas and major concepts underpinning the Humanities, including power, language, storytelling, and representation.

This course provides innovative research skills in Humanities disciplines, informed by traditional and new perspectives. It also highlights new awareness of the relevance of digital research tools in the Humanities. It fosters a learning environment that enables students to develop skills in problem solving, making convincing arguments, and intercultural awareness.

At the conclusion of this course, you will have developed written, oral and digital research and communication skills that are vital for success in the Bachelor of Arts and a range of potential career paths. You will also have demonstrated foundational understanding of the role of the Humanities in knowledge creation and ethical problem solving.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021
  • Semester 1 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HUMA1001. Students who have successfully completed HUMA1001 are not eligible to enrol in HASS1000.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate introductory knowledge of Humanities disciplines, including developing understandings of how humans communicate and acquire knowledge.

2. Review local and global problems and ideas, and recognise how Humanities disciplines can interact to produce new understandings or findings.

3. Conduct basic scholarly research using digital platforms and find appropriate resources to answer the problem in its context.

4. Apply core academic reading and writing skills to communicate research outcomes.


Topics include:

  • Critical and ethical thinking
  • The various means by which we acquire knowledge: written, oral, visual, and digital
  • Histories of localities, nations, and peoples
  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of knowing
  • Understanding languages in social and cultural contexts

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Weekly Exercises (20%)

Log / Workbook: Written Responses to Readings (40%)

Project: Plan & Podcast (40%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.