Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course offers advanced knowledge and skills in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in the areas of English and Writing, Languages, and Film, Media and Cultural Studies. A collaborative student-centred course design will enable academic, creative and/or professional approaches to studies in the humanities. Students will enhance their ability to become agile participants in present and future learning and employment contexts.

The course will focus on contemporary approaches to theory and methodology across the SLEW subject areas through consideration of topics that will complement humanities research methods learnt in HASS4000.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critically assess key concepts and theories in one or more discipline areas.

2. Apply advanced project management skills.

3. Construct evidence-based arguments in support of a case.

4. Apply advanced communication and information technology skills appropriate to the professional presentation of concepts, issues, and ideas in the humanities.

5. Produce a comprehensive literature or background review in support of a thesis.


The specific content and orientation of course topics will vary depending on a given year’s cohort, as well as teaching staff and thesis project supervision.

Topics are dependent on student interest and may include:

  • Theoretical frameworks and analytical practice.
  • 21st century approaches to the humanities.
  • Historical perspectives on the study of screen and cultural studies, languages, literature and/or creative writing.
  • The methods and practice of interdisciplinary studies.
  • Practice-led research.
  • Advanced textual, screen, and cultural analysis.
  • Indigenous cultures and texts.
  • Research communication.


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

Presentation: Poster, podcast or digital presentation comparing and contrasting scholarly perspectives - 20%

Essay: Essay - 50%

Written Assignment: Close reading or translation of one or more texts on the course - 30%

Contact hours


Film Screening

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 3

Weeks 3, 9, 10 and 11


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

Face to Face on Campus or via Zoom

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.