International Politics Shorter Thesis

Subject 166-524 (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: Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission Master of Arts in International Politics (ASST) course
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Ralph Pettman


Prof. Ralph Pettman
Subject Overview: A School-based supervised thesis on a topic to be approved by the Course Coordinator, and embodying original research.
  • demonstrate a specialist understanding of the subject being studied;
  • show a capacity for an advanced level of analysis in relation to the issues being studied;
  • show an awareness of the latest research directions in the particular subject;
  • have shown a capacity for original political research.
Assessment: A 20 000 - 22 000 word thesis 100%.
Prescribed Texts:
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • 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;
  • be able to test and develop new research methods in relation to ongoing debates;
  • be able to enhance drafting and writing skills, in both a critical and creative manner;
  • be able to manage time and study resources over a sustained period of time.

Formerly available as 166-524. Students who have completed 166-524 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

This subject is a compulsory component of the Master of Arts in International Politics (Advanced Seminar Shorter Thesis) course.

Related Course(s): M.A.International Politics (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)

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