Major Thesis - Political Science

Subject POLS90004 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisor
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the M.A. (Research Only) degree in Political Science
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: -
Non Allowed Subjects: none
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject involves a school-based supervised thesis of 30,000 words, embodying the results of the student"s own political research.

  • demonstrate a specialist understanding of the subject being studied.
  • show advanced skills of analysis pertinent to the subject.
  • show a detailed sense of the theoretical debates in the subject area.
  • show a good capacity to communicate research in written form.
  • demonstrate an ability to undertake critical independent research.
Assessment: A thesis of 30 000 words 100%.
Prescribed Texts: none
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 engage 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 manage time and study resources over a sustained period of time.
  • be able to enhance drafting and writing skills, in both a critical and creative manner.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Political Science (Thesis)

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