HUMA4140 Humanities Dissertation 1

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyOnline-TT
Semester 2AlbanyOnline-TT
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Classics and Ancient History; English and Literary Studies; French Studies; German Studies; History; Italian Studies; Philosophy [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
The objective of the two dissertation units together is the production of a research dissertation on a topic in their chosen field. This research is carried out under the supervision of a staff member who discusses issues relating to the research with the student, reads and comments on drafts, and provides overall guidance.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate advanced knowledge and theoretical understanding in a specific area of one of the Humanities disciplines; (2) critically assess a range of published interpretations of key issues in a topic area and provide insights through the critical analysis, consolidation and synthesis of these documents; and (3) design an independent research project with a coherent methodology for the analysis of secondary and/or primary sources.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: dissertation (continuous assessment with a final mark awarded at the completion of dissertation parts 1 and 2). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Michael Rubin, Dr Ned Curthoys, Dr Lara O'Sullivan, Assoc/Prof Ethan Blue, Professor Hélène Jaccomard, Dr Dale Adams, Assoc Prof John Kinder and Assoc Prof Kati Tonkin
Unit rules
enrolment in a School of Humanities honours program
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.