The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course is a core (compulsory) course within the Master of Social Change and Development (MSCD). The course counts for 20 units, twice as much as most of the other MSCD courses in the program. The course provides students with the opportunity to undertake a small research project of their own choosing, under the supervision of the course coordinator.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify the research skills required for the successful completion of a small research project.

2. Explore the foundations of an agreed area of research interest within the field of social change and development.

3. Collate and critically analyse research materials collected from a diverse range of sources.

4. Appraise the role of key stakeholders participating in the specific concerns of women and men, workers, farmers or other marginalised groups.

5. Apply development theories in the critical analysis and evaluation of concrete research projects within the social change and development arena.


This course involves the preparation of an 8,000 - 10,000 word essay on a research topic relevant to social transformations, development and social change, under the supervision of a full-time lecturer

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate degree with a major in social science or other area of relevance to this course.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Research Plan (20%)

Written Assignment: Abstract (10%)

Report: Final Report (50%)

Presentation: Oral Presentation (10%)

Participation: In class Learning Activity (10%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks