Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Humanities knowledge is essential to the world around us. Disciplines and fields of studies in the Humanities contribute to understanding people’s lives in the past and present, with an eye to the future. How does this happen? Where does knowledge come from? This course considers how knowledge is made, starting with types of evidence. Through taking apart and comparing methods of finding evidence and working with it, students will discover the checks and balances for ensuring knowledge is proven, or supportable as true, and ethical. Methods are a map and compass for countering misinformation and for putting research skills into action. Students completing this course will gain a research skills toolkit, be introduced to digital technologies in research and presentation, and build towards designing a project.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate approaches to evidence in the Humanities.

2. Discuss intermediate undergraduate concepts in methods of conducting Humanities research.

3. Apply practical and transferable skills to enhance work readiness in Humanities disciplines.

4. Demonstrate presentation skills in digital as well as traditional formats at an intermediate level.


This course offers a new methods framework suited to all Humanities students. Topics will include working with documents, objects, media, statistics, interview transcripts, formal modes of observation and informal approaches such as eavesdropping. Specialists will discuss Indigenous research in the academy and the principles of the scientific method from Humanities experiments to creative practice. Topics will also include ethics, the levels of complexity in critical thinking, and project feasibility. Workshops cover a variety of practical encounters with methods across the Humanities.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Presentation: Workshop Notes (20%)

Written Assignment: Methods Literature Review (20%)

Online Learning Activity: Online Essay (30%)

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal (30%)

Contact hours



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


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



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

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.