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TPP7145 Introduction to the Humanities

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


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.

Course learning outcomes

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

There are no set texts to purchase for TPP7145.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%)
Assignments Written Research (paper) 1 No 20
Assignments Written Research (paper) 2 No 30
Assignments Written Research (paper) 3 No 50
Date printed 27 June 2022