Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


HASS4000 is the advanced level follow-up to the Bachelor of Arts core sequence (comprising HASS1000/2000/3000) and builds on the interdisciplinarity of this sequence by bringing together students from all majors in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours). By exploring forms of critical, analytical and creative thinking in the production of humanities research, the course provides essential scholarly grounding for students wishing to pursue academic study beyond Honours, while those headed for other employment futures will acquire a range of flexible research and communication skills adaptable to a wide variety of work. Throughout, we explore the dual benefits of disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge in the form of advanced humanities research and skills development. Students will co-design their learning through weekly seminars and scaffolded assessment tasks related to their larger Honours project.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply advanced research skills;

2. Effectively communicate knowledge resulting from Humanities research;

3. Complete a literature review relevant to their discipline;

4. Design and present a research proposal.


  • Advanced general research skills in key discipline areas of the humanities
  • Advanced professional skills for humanities-based careers
  • Reflection on research processes and design
  • Interdisciplinary theories and methodologies
  • Writing a literature review
  • Creating a research proposal for the honours thesis


To enrol into this course students must be active in the following programs:

- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) [10214], or

- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) [40209].

Assessment items

Project: Annotated bibliography and short proposal - 20%

Literature Review: Literature Review - 35%

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal - 35%

Presentation: Presentation - 10%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

or via Zoom

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