Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject explores key conceptual and theoretical approaches in the social sciences. 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 social science 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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorKatie Wright

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesResearch essay, annotated bibliography, oral presentation, in-class discussions, seminars, in-class group work

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsMust be enrolled in an Honours level course. Attendance is expected.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse and evaluate key concepts and debates in the social sciences
02. Produce written work to a publishable or near publishable academic standard
03. Demonstrate high level analytical and problem solving skills and the capacity to work independently
04. Contribute thoughtfully to group discussions and work effectively in a team
05. Display highly developed oral communication skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatie Wright

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.50 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
VC required

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.50 hour workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
VC required


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1,000 word annotated bibliographyStudents will receive written feedback on their abstracts and annotated bibliography within two weeks of submission. This will help them with their final research essay. 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.

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Oral presentation (2,000 word equivalent, 5 min per student)Written feedback will be provided to students.

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo25 SILO4, SILO5

5,000 word research essayExtensive written feedback will be provided to students.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3