Sociology Thesis

Subject SOCI40002 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with the supervisor over two consecutive semesters of enrolment, as well as participation in thesis writing seminars
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Admission to Sociology Honours or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.


POLS40013 Social Science Research Seminar (February Intensive)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Sociology at Undergraduate level

Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc. Prof. Jens Zinn

Subject Overview:

This subject constitutes a thesis of 12 000 words on an approved topic and supervised through the sociology program.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have an ability to undertake a literature review to constitute a field of inquiry;
  • have an ability to develop a sustained piece of research exploring a sociological question;
  • have an ability to demonstrate a good knowledge of sociological work in the area of their thesis;
  • have an ability to integrate theory and appropriate data;
  • have an ability to engage with debates in contemporary sociology on the basis of their research.

A thesis of 12 000 words, due at the end of the second semester of enrolment.

The following Hurdle Requirements must be met in order for students to be eligible to submit the final Thesis:

1. Supervision: Regular supervisory meetings

2. Topic Proposal Form: To be submitted by the first week of the Semester of thesis enrolment

3. Progress Report: To be submitted half way through the thesis year

4. Thesis Draft: A full draft of the thesis is to be submitted approximately 5 weeks prior to the final thesis submission date.

Final Theses submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Constructing Social Research (C Ragin) Pine Forge Press 1994

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to conceptualise and plan a substantial project of original research;
  • be able to present material in draft form and engaging productively with a supervisor;
  • be able to consolidate and enhance established skills in engaging creatively with a critical field;
  • be able to synthesise critical arguments and debates;
  • test and develop new research methods in relation to ongoing debates;
  • enhance drafting and writing skills, in both a critical and creative manner;
  • manage time and study resources over a sustained period of time.

Please note this thesis subject is currently being phased out and is only available to students who commenced their Honours/PD-Arts program prior to 2013. Students wishing to enrol in Honours/PD-Arts from 2013 will need to enrol in a 50 point thesis subject (SOCI40005) as per the course requirements for BH-Arts & PD-Arts.

SOCI40002 Sociology Thesis is a (pre-2013) compulsory requirement for the completion of Sociology Honours and the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology). Students enrolled in SOCI40002 Sociology Thesis must complete corequisite subject POLS40013 Social Science Research Seminar - February intensive.

Students are required to enrol in the thesis subject over two consecutive semesters.

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