Welfare Studies Honours IV


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 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, SPSW4020 and SPSW4030

Assessment Items

Thesis: Thesis

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Individual Supervision

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

Contact Hours by arrangement with Supervisor

Self-Directed Learning

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