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HUMS502 Research Methods in the Humanities

Examination of key principles of research in the humanities, to develop broad understanding of a range of methods and hone skills in a method of each student’s choice.

This paper is one option for the MA coursework option. It is suitable for any postgraduate student in the Humanities.

Paper title Research Methods in the Humanities
Paper code HUMS502
Subject Humanities
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,162.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to

Peyton Bond

Teaching staff

Peyton Bond

Paper Structure
The first half of the paper will cover core topics, including Epistemology/Ontology, Research Ethics, Power in Research, Indigenous Research, and Understanding Research Results.

The second half will focus in-depth on disciplinary methods.

Assessment is 100% internal.

Readings will be detailed in the course outline and will be available online or from the library.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Self-motivation, Information Literacy, Research, Communication, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Interdisciplinary Perspective, Teamwork, Lifelong Learning, Cultural Understanding.
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Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing the paper will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the breadth of methodological approaches in the Humanities (Interdisciplinary Perspective and Teamwork)
  2. Critically analyse the application of methodologies and the role of the researcher (Ethics and Cultural Understanding)
  3. Position one's own disciplinary approach to method within the broader scope of the humanities (Critical Thinking, Communication and Information Literacy)
  4. Create a depth of understanding of at least one method in own discipline (Research, Scholarship, and Self-Motivation)

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 10:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41