Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces 4th year Honours students to essential research skills in the Social Sciences. It is aimed at providing students with the basic academic tools required for the successful completion of an Honors thesis. It covers topics such as research design, research methodologies, ethics, writing a literature review as well as formulating compelling arguments and conclusions

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

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 one of; AHA-Bachelor of Arts Honours degree, majoring in Politics or Legal Studies, AHIR-Bachelor of International Relations Honours, AHSS-Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours, AHID-Bachelor of International Development Honours or LHLS-Bachelor of Legal Studies Honours


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project,PrescribedO'Leary, Z. (2010)LONDON: SAGE

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
One 1800-word research proposal45
Short Assignment (1800 words)35
one 1600-word annotated bibliography20