SCHS4110 is the first part of the thesis component of the Bachelor of Social Science (Hons), the second being SCHS4120. The honours thesis gives students the opportunity to put the skills they have acquired over the course of their undergraduate studies and the honours coursework into advanced practice in the form of a substantial project. This project can be in one of three formats:
1) Academic, 2) Work-Integrated Learning, or 3) Creative/Digital.
Option 1) Academic
This option entails the researching and writing of a 15,000- 20,000 word academic thesis on a topic determined in consultation with an assigned supervisor who has expertise in the discipline of anthropology or sociology. The thesis will engage critically with recent scholarship in the field, offer a systematic and comprehensive account of the topic, and embody the standards of argumentation, writing, and referencing in the social science field.
Option 2) Work-Integrated Learning
The Work-Integrated Learning option allows students to undertake a substantial research-based project for, or in collaboration with, an approved workplace wholly or largely dedicated to the discipline, pre-approved by the supervisor. Students will compile 8,000-10,000 word report documenting the findings and outcomes of the project, write a 500-word description of the workplace and its key characteristics (to be endorsed by the workplace supervisor), and produce a reflective journal with weekly entries totalling 2,000 words.
Identifying an external partner and negotiating terms will be the responsibility of the student in close consultation with the supervisor.
Option 3) Creative/Digital
The Creative/Digital option enables students to engage in practice-led research resulting in a creative work or, alternatively, use new media formats to develop and communicate a research project. Requiring pre-approval by the supervisor, this option entails substantial individual research effort within the chosen discipline. The completed work will consist of a creative/digital portfolio equivalent to 10- 12,000 words, accompanied by a 6,000-8,000 word exegesis outlining the background, aims, methods and theoretical foundation of the project and developing a critical analysis of the scholarship relevant to the project.
The total word count in all the above options will be equivalent to 15,000-20,000 words.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 1 - 2021
- Semester 2 - 2021
This course replaces the following course(s): CRIM4110, HIST4070, HUSE4110, LING4070 and SOCA4110. Students who have successfully completed CRIM4110, HIST4070, HUSE4110, LING4070 or SOCA4110 are not eligible to enrol in SCHS4110.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Use interpersonal and teamwork skills to maintain a professional relationship with a mentor.
2. Structure and formulate arguments at macro and micro levels to the equivalent of a 15,000-20,000 words thesis.
3. Apply disciplinary specific conventions to communicate research methods and procedures to an academic audience.
4. Communicate research design that illustrates the alignment of research problems and research methods with an explanatory theoretical and epistemic framework.
5. Use data collection skills and procedures necessary to generate defendable research finding.
The thesis project will be pre-approved by, and developed in consultation with the student's supervisor.
Students cannot enrol in this course if they have previously successfully completed
CRIM4110 Honours Thesis or
HIST4070 Honours Thesis 1 or
HUSE4110 Honours Thesis 1 or
LING4070 Honours Thesis 1 or
SOCA4110 Honours Thesis 1.
Students must have successfully completed:
SCHS4090 Societies, Cultures and Human Services Honours I and
SCHS4100 Societies, Cultures and Human Services Honours II
Students must be active in
Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) .
At least a credit average performance in Social Science courses as a major sequence.
Thesis: Thesis 100%
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1
Self-Directed 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
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