The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

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). 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. The course is based around one or more topical case-studies that will be approached via a range of humanities perspectives, in the process exploring some key ways that the Bachelor of Arts principles of critical, analytical, and creative thinking contribute to global debates about humanity's past, present, and possible futures. Students will co-design their learning based on their choice of particular disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary approaches, putting together a study plan and sharing their research methods and project aims in a group context, before submitting final projects.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply advanced research skills;

2. Effectively communicate knowledge resulting from Arts research;

3. Complete a case study relating to a key theme in contemporary culture and/or society;

4. Design and present a research proposal;

5. Engage in Arts-based research with an awareness of how the disciplines contribute to topical socio-cultural debates and political issues.


  • Advanced research skills in key discipline areas of the Humanities
  • Advanced professional skills for Humanities-based careers
  • Interdisciplinary theories and methodologies
  • Case-studies based on topical and contemporary socio-cultural themes, which may include Post-truth; Indigenous Peoples’ rights and cultural integrity in national and international contexts; gender and sexual politics; the Anthropocene; international migration; and inequality.
  • Creating a research proposal for the thesis option.


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

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity - 20%

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study / Problem Based Learning - 40%

Presentation: Presentation - 10%

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal - 30%

Contact hours



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

or via Zoom