• 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, Museums and Collections, Digital Humanities, Arts, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Alexandra Dellios
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2022
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The course is designed to familiarise students with interdisciplinary and cross cultural approaches to humanities research. It is led by experts in heritage studies, visual anthropology, literary studies, history and biographical studies, and comprises a range of readings from areas as diverse as indigenous cultures, biography and life narratives, new media and globalization, and philosophical debates on disciplinarity. The course will challenge students to evaluate a range of humanities approaches and to consider which ones might best suit their own research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. synthesise a range of theoretical and methodological literature written from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives;
  2. identify and extend scholarly argument (rather than simply describing or summarising the content of assigned readings);
  3. use specific examples to demonstrate key issues, methods and approaches used in humanities scholarship;
  4. interpret and assess the applicability of theoretical and methodological approaches to their own research; and
  5. devise their own research question and independently identify ways in which to frame and approach their respective projects.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar Response (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Seminar Paper (3000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Seminar Presentation (15 minutes) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact:
      4 hours per week of workshop and workshop-like activities in Weeks 1-5 and 7 (24 hours);
      One one-on-one meeting with the Course Convenor in Week 6 (1.5 hours);
      Attendance at 7 research seminar presentations from any ANU research seminar series, the choice of series to be agreed between the student and Course Convenor (10.5 hours); and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in an HDR program (MPhil or PhD).

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3311 01 Apr 2022 22 Apr 2022 22 Apr 2022 30 Jun 2022 In Person N/A

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