The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course provides students with detailed knowledge of Humanities research methods and methodologies to inform practice. It explores the purpose of research, tools and techniques used in practice, and audiences for research. Approaches covered include modes of achieving proof, studying the lived experience, and different disciplinary perspectives on sources and fieldwork.

It develops research presentation skills and competencies for application in a range of career paths; guest presentations from invited academics and professionals will share stories about practical experience. At the conclusion of this course, students will have acquired specific research and written skills across a range of disciplines in the Bachelor of Arts.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019


  • Semester 2 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate the range of tools, techniques and methodologies available to Humanities researchers.

2. Effectively communicate key concepts in Humanities research practice across disciplines.

3. Develop generic and/or professional skills to enhance work readiness.

4. Demonstrate written communication skills in varied formats.

5. Apply individual skills in digital audio production and oral presentation.


Topics will include:

What is a methodology?

Critical reasoning

Understanding qualitative and quantitative research

Indigenous ways of knowing

Ethnographic and interviewing methodologies

Ethical research

Archival research

Working with objects and material culture

Visual and digital methodologies

Critical discourse analysis

Practice-based and practice-led research

Bibliographic and library-based research

Policy analysis

Writing styles and formats

Presentation skills to disseminate research

Positioning research skills for careers 

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Presentation: Podcast (20%)

Written Assignment: Workshop Notes Exercise (20%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Research Proposal (30%)

Online Learning Activity: Blog post (30%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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 Full Term



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term