HSS404 Reading Subject (16)


This subject is a guided reading subject in which students work with an appointed supervisor to develop critical and reflective approaches to their research. Students are expected to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the literature relevant to their research question, and exhibit competence in the use of appropriate research methodology together with advanced written and oral communication skills.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSS404
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

Available to students in Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss critical issues arising from study in a select field;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of relevant underlying principles and concepts associated with a discipline;
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the literature relevant to their research question(s);
  • be able to reflect critically on the literature relevant to their research question(s); and,
  • be able to demonstrate independent research, organisational and written communication skills.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The purposes and types of literature reviews
  • Conducting a search of the literature
  • Synthesising the literature
  • Critiquing the literature


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 13 April 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.