Anthropology Thesis

Subject ANTH40008 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: .5 Regular meetings with a supervisor throughout the semester
Total Time Commitment:

An average of 20 hours each week

Note: Enrolment in this thesis subject must be over two consecutive semesters

Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: Students enrolling in this subject must have completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Non Allowed Subjects: Honours and Postgraduate Diploma students can only enrol in one of ANTH40007 and ANTH40008. ANTH40008 the thesis subject is for pre-2008 students who have completed the major in Anthropology.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:
Subject Overview:

An independent research project on a topic to be approved by the course coordinator, under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.


Students who successfully cmplete this subject will:

  • be familiar with the techniques and concepts involved in preparation of the review of a literature relating to particular research topics in anthropology.
  • be able to select a research question and to design a program using the most appropriate techniques to gather the information on which an answer to the question can be developed.
  • be able to analyse data and reach sensible conclusions.
  • be capable of presenting these results in written and oral form so that they are comprehensible to persons who are not experts in the field.
Assessment: A thesis of 15,000 words due at the end of the second semester of enrolment. A hurdle requirement is the submission of a statement of a research problem at a date to be specified by week one of the first semester of enrolment.
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: Students who successfully cmplete this subject will:
  • have practice in conducting independent library research and, where appropriate, research with human subjects.
  • have experience of advanced methods of critical inquiry and argument leading to improved analytical skills.
  • have acquired awareness of issues relating to cross-cultural communication.
  • have acquired awareness of the requirements of ethical practice in relation to research with human subjects and familiarity with the codes of practice required by the University of Melbourne.
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Notes: This Thesis is for pre 2008 students who are completeing their Honours year in Anthropology. New Gen students should enrol in the new gen honours degree in Anthropology and Social Theory.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology

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