Introduction to Humanities - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Non Award
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study - Humanities Case Study (35%) , Invigilated Exam (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,299.00
International 1,549.00

This unit explores the interrelationships of people with and within systems. Students will explore themes related to society, culture, environment and technology and their reciprocal impacts. The unit seeks to develop students understanding of self as part of diverse and complex systems viewed through a critical lens.

Please Note: This unit cannot be used as credit towards a university course. However, it is designed to enable students to qualify for entry to an undergraduate degree.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. illustrate the diverse and creative ways in which human activity is organised
  2. analyse the relationships between complex human systems
  3. examine the ways in which self and society are constructed
  4. explain the synergies and tensions between societal and individual freedoms and responsibilities.
  • Case Study — Humanities Case Study (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (45%)
  • Presentation — Audio-visual presentation (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Values and Systems
2Economic Systems
3Political Systems
4Cultural Beliefs and Values
5Cultural Identity and Race
6Cultural Diversity
7Expression, Freedom and Attitudes
8Heritage and Stewardship
9Environment and Ethics
10Resources and Sustainability
11Technological Access and Economic Power
12Communication, Creativity and Knowledge Sharing

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

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