• 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, Social Research, Computer Science, Digital Humanities
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Katherine Bode
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
    Second Semester 2025
    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 small-scale original research project;
  2. identify and discuss relevant literature, including theoretical and methodological approaches to the chosen topic;
  3. apply 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.

Work Integrated Learning


This course includes an independent research module, which gives students the freedom and flexibility to pursue a topic of their choice within the vast fields of Digital Humanities and Public Culture. Students are tasked with creating a research plan (including a data management plan, a timeline, suggested research outputs, etc), a literature review, and a final project report. Students also have the opportunity to create new datasets, and complete the process of acquiring Ethics clearance. To date, several students have published their findings and projects completed in these courses.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Proposal (800 words) (15) [LO 1,2]
  2. Literature review (1000 words) (15) [LO 2]
  3. Final research project (3500 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Seminar participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


A total of 130 hours over the semester/session, including a minimum of 1 hour per week of online discussions and meetings with the research seminar cohort.

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 12-24 hours of contact over 12 weeks of weekly seminars

b) 106-118 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 HUMN8031.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Assumed Knowledge

Students need to be willing to develop a research question and propose a basic plan for their independent research. 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:
6 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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6.00 0.12500
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
2408 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 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
7437 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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