Courses & Units

Independent Research Project HUM311


In this unit, students will undertake an independent project requiring an investigation of an approved Humanities topic. Students will learn and demonstrate research skills in a multi-disciplinary cohort, but will also select and refine an individual research topic of their interest, within the expertise of a designated staff member in their discipline. They will meet regularly with this research supervisor to develop their approach and draft their written output. Students will be required to use a variety of media (e.g. oral, written, visual) to disseminate their research.


Unit name Independent Research Project
Unit code HUM311
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English|Global Cultures and Languages|History and Classics|Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Emmett Stinson
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and critically reflect on an appropriate area of scholarly interest within a Humanities discipline.
  • Locate and synthesize existing scholarship in this area and design a research question in relation to this body of work
  • Use a range of research strategies and methodologies to address this question, thereby increasing knowledge
  • Develop time and data management skills suited to independent research
  • Demonstrate proficiency in effective communication, using a range of media (e.g. written, oral, visual) to disseminate knowledge

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090399 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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25 credit points at Introductory level or higher


Teaching Pattern

Seminars (6 x 2 hours) and three research project supervision sessions.

AssessmentResearch project tasks (10%)|Project proposal (20%)|Research pitch and media article (20%)|Supervised research essay (50%)
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