Sociology & Anthropology Honours IV

Course code SOCA4120Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course develops a student's skills and competencies in the development and communication of research findings. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of one or more academic staff members, who act as the student's honours research supervisor or supervisors. The course operates in conjunction with SOCA4110 which is the first of two courses devoted to the Honours thesis in Sociology and Anthropology. SOCA4120 involves the conclusion of data analysis and literature review and the completion of drafts of chapters for review by a supervisor or supervisors and the submission of a completed thesis.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesBy the end of this course students will have:
1. Advanced competency in developing and communicating research findings in a 15,000-20,000 words thesis.
2. Capacity to structure and formulate arguments within a lengthy written text.
3. Capacity to communicate research findings involving very high analytical levels.
4. Capacity to communicate research findings that position conclusions within a student's overall field of enquiry.
5. Capacity to present research findings to a seminar of academic staff and peers.
6. Research skills necessary to undertake higher-level and post-graduate research and writing.
ContentSupervision of students in:
- Structuring a thesis text to communicate logically the outcomes of a student's research project
- Developing logical and coherent arguments and conclusions within a text that are adequately supported by appropriate evidence
- Use of techniques involving selection of multiple drafting, editing and use of appropriate analytical language to communicate findings to an academic audience
- Engagement in processes of relating specific findings to the overall concerns of research in Sociology and Anthropology
- Encouragement and support of students to achieve a high level of analytical competence and strongest opportunity to pursue further research and study.
Replacing Course(s)na
TransitionThe Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Science Honours programs underwent an external program review in 2008. As part of this review some changes were implemented for all Honours courses:
- Your thesis can be between 15,000 and 20,000 words.
- Your assessments will consist of coursework components (50%, comprising the course codes SOCA4090 and SOCA4100) and thesis (50%, comprising the course codes SOCA4110 and SOCA4120).
- You will be given opportunity to give an oral presentation of your work, but this is not mandatory.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSOCA4090 Honours I and SOCA4100 Honours II. To be taken after (part-time enrolment) or concurrently with SOCA4110 Honours III (full-time enrolment).
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Individual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Research Thesis 15,000-20,000 words
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Case Study: for 12 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Individual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentMust be enrolled in 10214 - B Arts (Hons) or 10726 - B Social Science (Hons)
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for SOCA4120