Major Thesis - Social Theory

Subject SOTH90002 (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 contact with supervisor over the period of enrolment
Total Time Commitment: Total of 40 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Either: completion of a BA Honours degree, or equivalent, in Social Theory or closely related discipline with a final result of at least H2A (75%), or completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Theory with a grade average of at least H2A
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in a 4 year Honours degree or equivalent with thesis component.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Ms Mary Makris


Associate Professor John Rundell

Subject Overview:

Candidates will undertake research on a topic approved by the course co-coordinator under supervision of an academic staff member.

  • develop a research proposal.
  • pursue a research topic with critical discussion of the relevant theoretical literature.
  • further develop critical and analytical abilities.
Assessment: A thesis of 30,000 words.
Prescribed Texts: Appropriate texts will be determined in consultation with thesis supervisor.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop skills in written and oral communication.
  • conduct independent research.
  • make appropriate use of primary and secondary sources in mounting an argument.
  • form defensible judgements based on a critical evaluation of conflicting arguments.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Social Theory (Thesis)

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