Major Thesis - Development Studies

Subject 121-528 (2009)

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Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at .
Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: 5 contact hours/week, 35 additional hours/week. Total of 40 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Arts program
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Salim Lakha


Dr Salim Lakha

Subject Overview: The Development Studies Major thesis is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research in an area of Development. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. Students who complete this subject will produce a 30,000 word thesis on a research project dealing with an area of Development; demonstrate an ability to present, argue and demonstrate a coherent hypothesis on an issue in Development Studies, supported by research and analysis; and demonstrate an aptitude for original research at a higher degree level in the future.
  • be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge in an area of study relating to development;
  • engage in the broader theoretical debates as they relate to development;
  • produce a substantial piece of written work;
  • make an original scholastic contribution;
  • develop advanced research skills.
Assessment: one 30,000 word thesis
Prescribed Texts:
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to think critically (for example, about development and its measures);
  • obtain information to evaluate propositions (about the principles of development);
  • write a coherent and empirically substantiated research paper;
  • defend that paper.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Development Studies(Thesis only)

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