Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


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 SOCA4120 which is the second of two courses devoted to the Honours thesis in Sociology and Anthropology. SOCA4110 is largely concerned with data collection and analysis and involves carrying out a research plan and making first drafts of some sections.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. demonstrate an advanced competency in developing and communicating research findings in a 15,000-20,000 words thesis.

2. structure and formulate arguments within a lengthy written text.

3. communicate research findings involving very high analytical levels.

4. communicate research findings that position conclusions within a student's overall field of enquiry.

5. demonstrate 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 research in Sociology and Anthropology
  • Encouragement and support of students to achieve a high level of analytical competence and strongest opportunity to pursue further research and study.
  • Making a formal oral presentation on the thesis project to a suitable discipline group within the first six weeks of semester.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) programs.

Assumed knowledge

Completion of SOCA4090 Honours I and SOCA 4100 Honours II.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Supervised work towards thesis

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term