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TPP7145 Introduction to the Humanities

Semester 3, 2021 Online
Short Description: Introduction to the Humanities
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090305 - History
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 21 July 2021


Examiner: Marcus Harmes


Students entering university through a tertiary pathways or enabling program and who wish to pursue studies in the humanities will benefit from a course intended to introduce them to their fields of study within liberal and creative arts streams. These benefits include abilities to read and critically evaluate texts and traditions but also important skills in research and information literacy. TPP7145 is intended to supplement and build on the academic communications study in the Tertiary Preparation Program. It will also provide a scaffolded pathway into the introductory humanities courses that are now a compulsory suite of first year courses in the Bachelor of Arts. The course supports the idea that study of the humanities is an essential component of a person’s education, in terms of their cultural literacy, their ability to process and respond to world events, and for understanding human reactions and activities.


This course provides students with an introduction to the content and approaches to studying in major fields of humanities scholarship, including English Literature, History, the History of Art and Creative Art and the Social Sciences. Module-based study will take students through major facets of these disciplines but will also encourage students to think of the humanities in a multi and trans-disciplinary way. A capstone module on careers allows for the real-world application of thinking about the humanities.


On completing this course successfully students will be able:

  1. Argue on the basis of evidence
  2. Critically engage with academic sources essential for study in the Humanities
  3. Develop understanding of key skills and concepts from different Humanities disciplines
  4. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills for tertiary level study


Description Weighting(%)
1. Module One: Introducing the humanities: ways of thinking, looking and reading 10.00
2. Module Two: Disciplines 1: Literature and reading texts 20.00
3. Module Three: Disciplines 2: Ways of seeing in Art History 20.00
4. Module Four: Disciplines 3: Historical practice and evidence 20.00
5. Module Five: Disciplines 4: Social Sciences: reading people 10.00
6. Module Six: Using basic theory to interpret the Humanities 10.00
7. Module Seven: Careers in the Humanities 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no set texts to purchase for TPP7145.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 38.00
Directed Study 85.00
Private Study 42.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT ONE PART ONE 100 20 13 Dec 2021
ASSIGNMENT ONE PART TWO 100 20 14 Jan 2022
ASSIGNMENT TWO 100 60 28 Jan 2022

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. Forms part of the Tertiary Preparation Program and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at This requirement will be modified for students in correctional centres.

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 21 July 2021