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Humanities Research Methods HUM407


This unit provides Honours students with ideas, knowledge, and skills that are key to doing research in the Humanities. The unit emphasises Humanities research as an open-ended pursuit that is most exciting and effective when it is focused on posing new questions and exploring them from multiple angles. Through coming together in an inter-disciplinary format, students will be exposed to many theories, methodologies, points of view and academic strategies, which will enhance both their growth as Humanities scholars and their individual Honours thesis research. Students will gain core skills in planning major research projects and deeper understanding of the academic conventions of being a Humanities researcher.


Unit name Humanities Research Methods
Unit code HUM407
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 Jayne Knight
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehend and apply different methodological and theoretical approaches to academic research in the Humanities
  • Apply advanced academic skills in the planning of Humanities research by identifying and explaining the scholarly relevance and aims of your research
  • Conduct advanced research in the Humanities, including producing a scholarly bibliography
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written form using a logical and appropriate structure, and adhere to the conventions of scholarly expression, presentation, and referencing
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,892.00 $888.00 not applicable $2,213.00

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly seminar (2 hours)

AssessmentThesis Plan (20%)|Bibliographic Exercise (25%)|Essay (45%)|Seminar participation (10%)
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