Religion and Theology Honours III: Research Thesis Preparations and Literature Review

Course code RELT4030Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course provides opportunities for religion and theology honours students to contribute to new knowledge in the field through the production of an advanced research thesis. Students will coordinate with a member of staff to individually supervise their research thesis. Students will submit a literature review at the end of this course in order to progress to the final thesis submission in the following RELT4040 course.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to problems in the area of religion and theology with intellectual independence, with regard to the specific issue(s) considered in the course;
2. Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills to understand a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with regard to the specific issue(s) considered in the course;
3. Demonstrate cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing, at the appropriate level, new understanding in religion and theology
4. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in scholarship in religion and theology
5. Apply knowledge and skills in the context of the diverse issues arising within a research project in religion and theology
6. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in learning and practice and in collaboration with one's supervisor in the area of religion and theology
7. Plan and execute a piece of research and/or scholarship in religion and theology with some independence
ContentThis course will involve preparatory work for the research thesis in religion and theology. It will involve the submission of a literature review in the area of the student’s thesis topic. This will be provided through individual supervision with the student’s thesis supervisor, which will involve independent research, guided directed readings, consultation and feedback.
Replacing Course(s)THEO4003 and RELI4003
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO4003 and/or RELI4003 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT4030
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThe Bachelor of Theology Honours and Bachelor of Arts Honours programs require successful completion of a Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Science or its equivalent, with a major in a field relevant to their proposed Honours study and at least a credit average in the field in their undergraduate program.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsStudents will conduct a piece of research under the guidance of a supervisor and produce a literature review which will form part of a 15,000 (+ or - 2,000) word thesis; (see RELT4040).

The grade for RELT4030 will be determined jointly with that of RELT4040, which together will make up a mark for the thesis (50% of the requirement for Honours).
Contact HoursIndividual Supervision: for 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology Honours or the Bachelor of Arts Honours programs.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for RELT4030