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SOFH4001: Breakthroughs in the Humanities

2024 unit information

In every field of research, occasionally there are momentous, horizon-extending, paradigm-shifting breakthroughs, which cause researchers to significantly change the way they think, work, and write. Such breakthroughs may be empirical, methodological, or theoretical. They may be old or new. Students will dive deep into a set of key breakthroughs from across the humanities and engage critically with core readings presented by seminar leaders. Through tracking diverse breakthroughs in the humanities, students will access ideas and developments in neighbouring disciplines, and will enjoy an interdisciplinary experience at the cutting edge of humanities research.

Unit details and rules

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Code SOFH4001
Academic unit Linguistics
Credit points 6
144cp including FASS3999 or equivalent
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Characterize the qualities that constitute a research breakthrough
  • LO2. Recognize those qualities in published research
  • LO3. Understand how specific historical and social settings can provide the contexts in which research breakthroughs occur
  • LO4. Distinguish breakthroughs from incremental advances in a field of research
  • LO5. Articulate in interdisciplinary, peer-to-peer discussion what a research breakthrough is, and what its consequence are
  • LO6. Apply this knowledge in surveying, reviewing, and creating original research

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Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
There are no availabilities for previous years.

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