CONCEPTUALISING THE SOCIAL SCIENCES: KEY CONCEPTS AND DEBATES

SSC4CSS

2018

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject explores key conceptual and theoretical approaches in the social sciences from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. It is designed as an advanced, interdisciplinary key concepts subject that allows Honours students to engage with important ideas, core debates and influential texts, and consider their application within and across the disciplines. The subject provides opportunities for students to develop critical, in-depth and interdisciplinary understandings of how key concepts and debates shape knowledge production in the social sciences.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorKatie Wright

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

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

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in Politics Honours or International Relations Honours or Bachelor of Legal Studies Honours or Bachelor of Arts Honours or with coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be enrolled in an Honours level course.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse and evaluate key concepts and debates in the social sciences

Activities:
Research essay, annotated bibliography, oral presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Produce written work to a publishable or near publishable academic standard

Activities:
Research essay, annotated bibliography
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Demonstrate high level analytical and problem solving skills and the capacity to work independently

Activities:
Research essay, annotated bibliography
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Contribute thoughtfully to group discussions and work effectively in a team

Activities:
Seminars, small group work, oral presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Display highly developed oral communication skills

Activities:
Seminars, small group work, oral presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatie Wright

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,000 word annotated bibliographyStudents will receive written feedback on their abstracts and annotated bibliography within two weeks of submission. This will will help them with their final research essay, due after the semester ends. Students will also receive one-on-one feedback from the Subject Coordinator throughout the semester in student consultations in person, in class, and/or via email.10 01, 02, 03
5,000 word research essayExtensive written feedback to students will be provided.65 01, 02, 03
Group oral presentation (2,000 word equivalent, 5 min per student)Written feedback to students will be provided.25 04, 05