ADVANCED RESEARCH IN POLITICS, PHILOSOPHY AND GSDS

POL4PIR

2018

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject aims to develop students' capacity to engage in sophisticated analysis and original research at Honours level. The first section of the subject focuses on research design, examining the nature of research at Honours level, how to develop a research question, how to locate relevant sources, and how to write a literature review, among other topics. In the second section of the subject, students will break into their different disciplinary groups to focus in depth on some of the key issues and methods involved in conducting research in Politics and International Relations, Philosophy, or Gender Sexuality and Diversity Studies. The overall aim is to ensure that students leave the subject with a strong understanding of what is required to produce first-rate research in their chosen discipline, and to help them develop the skills needed to successfully research and write an Honours thesis.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in AHA or AHIR, or permission from Honours Coordinator or Subject Coordinator

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students must be enrolled in a relevant Honours program within Humanities and Social Sciences.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrescribed reading wil be provided to students electronically. For the most part, this will draw on literature that is already available through the library collection.PrescribedPrescribed reading wil be provided to students electronically. For the most part, this will draw on literature that is already available through the library collection.PRESCRIBED READING WIL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Produce written work that reflects a clear understanding of the principles underpinning good research design in Politics or International Relations.

Activities:
Research proposal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)

02. Produce written work that reflects a critical understanding of important issues in contemporary Politics or International Relations.

Activities:
Major essay; reflective discussion of reading
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Produce written work that reflects the capacity to engage in advanced research on an important topic in Politics or International Relations.

Activities:
Major essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Major essay (equivalent to 4000 words)50 02, 03
Research proposal (equivalent to 2400 words)30 01
Reflective discussion of reading (equivalent to 1600 words)20 02