OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Surveys the history, philosophies and methodologies of research particularly as they pertain to Arts and Social Sciences. Develops an understanding of research approaches and perspectives in the broad context of contemporary research practices. Provides techniques and approaches relevant to a disciplinary-specific Honours research project. Students develop and produce a final research proposal.

Unit content

Module 1: Research basics

  • Honours research introductions
  • Research paradigms and methodologies
  • Scholarly traditions in arts and social sciences
  • Research practices and ethics
  • Research management
  • Research proposal and outline

Module 2: Research methods

  • Artist research
  • Analysing text and talk
  • Ethnographic strategies
  • Work-in-progress seminar
  • Applied research: Quantitative methods, evaluation research and action research
  • Historical research method

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12)
Seminar 3 hours (Thursday, Week 11) (1)
Research ProposalSR
Annotated bibliography25%
Critical review15%
Project report40%

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Fee information


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