• 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, Computer Science, Digital Humanities
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

This course allows students to develop a relevant research project in the areas of Public Humanities, cultural studies, and/or Digital Humanities. Students are expected to take part in a regular research seminar group with academics and fellow postgraduate students that will help to guide them in the development of a research topic, discuss appropriate methodologies and practices, and work on their project throughout the semester. This course allows students to develop a project that may have direct industry or professional relevance; and to further develop their project management, writing and/or digital literacy skills. Students will be encouraged to explore projects that are interdisciplinary and employ new media and digital skills and components.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. design a medium-scale original research project;
  2. identify and critically analyse relevant literature, including theoretical and methodological approaches to the chosen topic;
  3. apply in a sophisticated way relevant research methods and theories to the analysis of the research questions/hypothesis; and
  4. develop and demonstrate relevant digital, creative writing, or new media skills.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Proposal (1000 words) (15) [LO 1,2]
  2. Literature review (1500 words) (15) [LO 2]
  3. Final research project (7000 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Seminar participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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A total of 260 hours over the semester/session, including a minimum of 1 hour per week of online discussions and meetings with the project supervisor.

260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 12-24 hours of contact over 12 weeks of supervisory meetings; and

b) 236-248 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You must have completed at least 12 units of coursework in either 6000 or 8000 unit courses to enrol in this course. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HUMN8030.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Assumed Knowledge

Students need to be willing to develop a research question, propose a basic plan for their independent research and be able to describe and discuss their independent research with fellow students and staff. Ideally students will have some background (prior study or work experience) relevant to the area of research.


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:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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12.00 0.25000
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2561 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 31 Mar 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7547 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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