Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


HASS4003 is the first part of the thesis component of the B Arts (Hons), the other component being HASS4004.

The honours thesis gives students the opportunity to put the skills they have acquired over the course of their undergraduate studies to practice in the form of a substantial project. This project can be in one of three formats: 1) Academic, 2) Work-Integrated Learning, and 3) Creative/Digital.

The Academic option involves a15,000 word thesis on a topic determined in consultation with a supervisor with appropriate expertise. The thesis is expected to engage critically with recent scholarship in the field, offer a comprehensive account of the topic, and embody the standards of argumentation, writing and referencing in the field.

The Work-Integrated Learning option allows students to undertake a substantial research-based project for, or in collaboration with, an approved workplace wholly or largely dedicated to issues of concern to the discipline. Students compile a 5,000-8,000 word portfolio documenting the findings and outcomes of the project. Additionally, students produce a description of the workplace and its key characteristics, to be endorsed by the workplace supervisor as accurate (500 words), as well as a reflective journal with weekly entries (2,000 words). Identifying an external partner and negotiating terms is the responsibility of the student.

The Creative/Digital option enables students to engage in practice-led research resulting in a creative work or, alternatively, to use digital tools to develop and communicate their research. The work undertaken under this option is expected to be a substantial individual research effort within the chosen discipline and requires pre-approval by the supervisor. The thesis will consist of a creative/digital portfolio equivalent to 12,000 words, accompanied by a 3,000 word reflective statement outlining the background, aims, methods and theoretical foundation of the research.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): AHIS4160. Students who have successfully completed AHIS4160 are not eligible to enrol in HASS4003.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Design a research project utilising skills developed over the course of the honours program;

2. Apply advanced disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary Humanities research skills;

3. Apply relevant theories and methods to carry out an extended independent research, creative or digital project;

4. Formulate an extended critical argument drawing on discipline and/or interdisciplinary knowledge;

5. Demonstrate advanced skills in communicating research.


Individual project to be conceived and developed in consultation with the student's supervisor.


Students must be active in Bachelor of Arts (Honours) [40209].

Assessment items

Thesis: Thesis 100%

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

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

or via Zoom videoconferencing

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Full Term = 13 weeks

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