Social Policy Studies in Welfare Hons IV

Course code SPSW4040Units 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 SPSW4030 (the preceding course which is concerned with data collection and preliminary analysis).
SPSW4040 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 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of this course students will have developed:
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.
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 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.
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 will be 15,000 to 20,000 words.
- Your assessment will consist of coursework components (50%, comprising the course codes SPSW4010 and SPSW4020) and the thesis (50%, comprising the course codes SPSW4030 and SPSW4040).
- You will be given opportunity to give an oral presentation of your work, but this is not mandatory.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPSW4010, SPSW4020 and SPSW4030
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments15,000-20,000 words thesis
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Individual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by Enrolment10726 - B Social Science (Hons)
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPSW4040