• Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Digital Humanities, Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Amanda Laugesen
    • Dr Katrina Grant
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course provides students with an introductory overview to debates and issues in the Humanities, with a particular focus on the Public Humanities and Digital Humanities. The course will involve contributions from leading Humanities scholars from across the University, as well as draw on the expertise of visiting scholars where appropriate. Some key issues covered in the course may include: the relevance of the Humanities for contemporary society and culture; the political uses of the Humanities; issues in Humanities communication (such as copyright and open access); the impact of the internet on Humanities scholarship and research; and the role of 'big data' in Humanities research.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Develop critical reading skills;
  2. Identify and discuss relevant literature, including theoretical and methodological approaches to the topic;
  3. Analyse and critically discuss key issues and debates relevant to Humanities research;
  4. Communicate these issues to professional audiences.

Indicative Assessment

Literature Review (1200 words) 20% (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4)
Essay 1 (2,000 words) 30% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Essay 2 (2,000 words) 30% (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4)
Participation in online discussions 20% (1,000 words) (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 38 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 20 hours of two 2-day workshops and intensives and 18 hours of online participation in discussions and activities, and
b) 92 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Humanities and the Arts to request a permission code to enrol in this course.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4164 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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