Social Policy Studies in Welfare Hons IV
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1, Semester 2|
|Ourimbah||Semester 1, Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
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.
By 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.
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.
The 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.
SPSW4010, SPSW4020 and SPSW4030
Modes of Delivery
Self Directed Learning
Self Directed Learning: for 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Individual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term