Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Students who are undertaking this course will generally be nearing the end of the Master in Family Studies program and will experience this course as the 'capstone' culmination of their learning. This course is designed to enable students to undertake an in-depth project consolidating their learning and setting their future professional or academic direction in the field of Family Studies. It is a self-directed course that enables students to choose an area of interest in the field of Family Studies, negotiate and undertake a project that delves deeply into that area of interest and report on the project by writing a report in the genre of the field they will be entering once they complete the program. They will also report to a wider public audience in an appropriate format.

All students intending to take this course are requested to contact the Course Coordinator Professor Alan Hayes, AM prior to commencement of the term to discuss the scope of their project.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Trimester 3 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of a selected area of interest in Family Studies.

2. Use conceptual frameworks relevant to professional work in Family Studies.

3. Demonstrate an ability to design, implement and evaluate an appropriate field-based project.

4. Demonstrate an ability to critically reflect on a specific area of interest in Family Studies

5. Demonstrate cultural competence in Family Studies field work

6. Articulate the generalisable knowledge gained through the Special Project in Family Studies.


Monthly face to face or online meetings with academic supervisor. Plan to be set up based on project.

Assumed knowledge

Completion of at least 40 units of core courses of 80 unit program plan, or at least 60 units of core courses in a 120 unit program plan.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Field Project Plan

Report: Final Project Report

Journal: Journal Entries and Academic Supervisor Meetings

Contact hours

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Individual Supervision

Online 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Monthly face to face or online meetings with academic supervisor. Plan to be set up based on project.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self directed study of provided online activities, lectures and materials for 10 hrs per week for whole term. At least 120 hours of student effort overall.