HSS403 Theory and Method in the Humanities and Social Sciences (16)


The subject develops Honours students’ understanding of key thinkers and theories in the Humanities and Social Sciences through a selection of topics. The topics are selected in consultation with the supervisor so as to enrich students' sense of the selected field.  It equips students with a theoretical and contextual basis to engage with their Honours project/dissertation.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineBathurst Campus
Session 2
OnlineBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSS403
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss critically the contributions of key thinkers in the area of the students chosen topic
  • be able to evaluate critically different theories and issues in the Humanities or Social Sciences
  • be able to use appropriate theories and concepts in their own writing
  • be able to apply selected research principles and methods relevant to their chosen discipline
  • be able to to plan project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Skills in critical review, analysis and synthesis of discipline specific knowledge
  • The application of discipline specific knowledge and theories to a piece of research and scholarship.
  • Key thinkers, theories and methods in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences
  • Selected topics by the student in consultation with the supervisor drawn from the Humanities and Social Sciences


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 16 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.