Welfare Studies Honours III


The Honours program provides students with an opportunity to pursue their undergraduate studies to a high level in an additional year of research-orientated study. It gives students a strong base from which to pursue further study or to gain employment that requires high-level conceptual, analytic, research and communication skills. Students undertaking the fourth year will expand their knowledge of an area of study to a degree not possible within a three-year course.

The course operates in conjunction with SPSW4010 and SPSW4020 and is largely concerned with data collection and analysis and involves completing a plan and first drafts of some sections.



  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Techniques of evaluating, analysing and synthesising complex academic and social phenomena.

2. Skills necessary to posit, interrogate and answer a significant research question through the sophisticated use of appropriate theory and method

3. Advanced competency in developing and communicating research findings in a 15,000-20,000 words thesis.

4. Capacity to structure and formulate arguments within a lengthy written text.

5. Capacity to communicate research findings involving very high analytical levels.

6. Capacity to communicate research findings that positions conclusions within a student's overall field of enquiry.

7. Capacity to present research findings to a seminar of academic staff and peers.

8. Research skills necessary to undertake higher-level and post-graduate research and writing.


Supervision 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 Social Policy and Administration studies research
  • Encouragement and support of students to achieve a high level of analytical competence and strongest opportunity to pursue further research and study.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) program.

Assumed Knowledge

SPSW4010 and SPSW4020

Assessment Items

Project: Supervised work towards thesis

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Contact Hours by arrangement with Supervisor