ARTS 3003 - Advanced Humanities: Theory and Method

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course is designed to assist BA (Advanced) students in their study of a range of humanities and social sciences theories and methods. Students who wish to complete research work in the humanities and social sciences may frequently encounter problems when they move from summarising theories to applying them in practice. Therefore, this course involves intensive scrutiny of a representative range of theories commonly encountered across the subject areas encompassed by this degree program. These theories are then explored through the examination of research work that illustrates active uses of these ideas to solve specific research problems. Students complete assignments in seminar classes and through written work that enables them to apply selected theoretical work to problems that they have identified independently.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTS 3003
    Course Advanced Humanities: Theory and Method
    Coordinating Unit Arts Faculty Office
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites 24 units of Advanced Level Humanities and Social Sciences courses
    Restrictions Final Year BA (Advanced) students only
    Quota 30
    Assessment Assessment: In class discussion (10%), Research paper 1 (40%), Research paper 2 (40%), Seminar presentation (10%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Han Baltussen

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the foundations of the disciplinary area(s) studied
    2 Show a critical understanding of the development of theories and methods in major(s) studied
    3 Examine, articulate and debate their views in small group discussions
    4 Formulate coherent arguments in independently researched written work
    5 Demonstrate a capacity to apply theoretical principles to particular research problems
    6 Show a commitment to life-long learning and awareness of the ethical, social and cultural aspects of material studied as well as their importance for professional contexts
    7 Demonstrate leadership and high standards regarding the responsibilities incumbent upon an academically trained researcher
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4, 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course reader or other books as required. Each module will have a set reading list provided to the students.
    Recommended Resources
    Resources related to research skills development.
    Online Learning
    Additional course-related material is available through MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem-solving seminars which develop lecture material.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    3 hours independent and group research per week 36 hours per semester
    3 hours seminar preparation per week 36 hours per semester
    4 hours assignment work per week 48 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Available upon enrolment into the course.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type  Weighting Course Learning Objectives
    Preparatory readings & research Formative 0% 1,2
    In class discussion Formative and summative 10% 3,6,7
    Research paper 1 Formative and summative 40% 1,2,3,4,5
    Research paper 2 Formative and summative 40% 1,2,3,4,5
    Seminar presentation Formative and summative 10% 3,6,7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at seminars is compulsory.
    Assessment Detail
    Preparatory reading and research: students are expected to prepare for seminars by reading and researching - 0% weighting.

    In-class discussion: students are expected to participate in weekly seminar discussions - 10% weighting.

    Research paper 1: students submit a research essay on a chosen topic - 40% weighting.

    Research paper 2: students submit a research essay on a chosen topic - 40% weighting.

    Seminar presentation: students submit a short presentation on a chosen topic - 10% weighting.
    Assignments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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