Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

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Unit Overview


This core unit aims to develop students' research skills beyond the levels experienced in undergraduate studies, with a view to ensuring success in the dissertation and other Honours units. Classes introduce a range of common challenges experienced by researchers in research, writing and reading in English and Cultural Studies, and explore techniques for successfully solving these problems, through a series of case studies in research practice. Issues to be addressed range from how to frame an argument, and how to synthesise and respond to variant critical interpretations, to the best ways to identify and utilise print and digital research resources.

6 points

Students are able to (1) become familiar with the logic and culture of research in English and Cultural Studies; (2) work as a member of a team on a project that requires cooperation, planning, research and delivery of results; (3) understand research methods in theory and practice; and (4) refine their practical skills in research in this discipline, including the identification of a topic, the definition of issues and information sources, and the communication of results.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an oral presentation; (2) a written evaluation of a critical article; (3) a written research proposal; and (4) seminar presentation and participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Ned Curthoys
Unit rules
sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.