The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Humanities knowledge is essential to the world around us. Where did this knowledge come from? How can you think critically about other expert fields as well as your own? Why do some truths arise from narratives about individuals while others depend on counting the characteristics of large groups of people? Why and how is it different to study people who are living versus cultural artefacts from the past and present? What will you do with the Humanities expertise and authority you're gaining from your Bachelor of Arts? To answer these questions HASS2000 focuses on disciplinary bases of knowledge through research methods, and on debates about making knowledge within and between disciplines.

BA Practice is the second of three core courses in the Bachelor of Arts. It brings Humanities students together to build on the theoretical and epistemological foundation of HASS1000 BA Futures.

As part of introducing you to a new methods-based framework for Humanities practice this course will develop your skills in digital research and presentation.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020
  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate the range of data and/or sources, tools, techniques and methodologies available to Humanities researchers.

2. Discuss intermediate concepts in Humanities research practice across disciplines.

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.


Topics will include:

  • What are disciplines and fields of knowledge?
  • Understanding qualitative and quantitative research
  • Understanding practice-based research
  • Critical reasoning about truths
  • Ethical guidelines for research
  • Working with human subjects
  • Working with material culture from the past and present
  • Indigenous ways of making knowledge
  • Writing styles and formats
  • Presentation skills to disseminate research

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Workshop Notes Exercise (20%)

Presentation: Disciplinary Methods Podcast (20%)

Online Learning Activity: Research Debates Blog Post (30%)

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal Report (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



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1



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