Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This capstone course will give you the freedom to explore your interests in depth. This is the third core course in the BA program, bringing together Humanities students from all disciplines and subfields to put into practice the critical reasoning and research skills studied in HASS1000 and HASS2000.

You will hone your knowledge and skills through practical application and a major research project. This individual project can take the form of a traditional research paper or a creative, applied or digital outcome. It will demonstrate your capabilities in a range of areas that are demanded by employers in the knowledge economy, including digital communication, complex problem solving, initiative or enterprise, and creative thinking.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply critical reasoning, creative thinking and problem-solving skills to answer complex questions in areas of the Humanities.

2. Implement evidence-based Humanities research methods in a practical research project.

3. Communicate Humanities research to varied audiences using a variety of forms at an advanced level.

4. Describe the relevance of BA studies to employment and future study options.


Topics will include:

  • Rigorous project design principles;
  • The value and impact of Humanities research;
  • Selecting and consolidating evidence-based methods and tools for analysing concepts and issues relevant to a practical research project;
  • Hands-on experience in applying reading and writing skills necessary to the chosen project’s outcomes;
  • The nature of critical thinking in creative expression;
  • Innovative ways of communicating and presenting Humanities research and knowledge;
  • Authentic approaches to providing prospective employers with evidence of intellectual strengths and skills learnt in the BA;
  • Critically reflect on individual strengths, professional skills and attributes related to the design and delivery of a project.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of HASS2000: BA Practice;

At least 40 units in a chosen major.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Cumulative Learning Journal (25%)

Presentation: Oral Presentation (15%)

Project: Major Project (50%) *

Professional Task: Development of Online Presence for Career (10%)

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Project: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



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

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