Major Thesis - Anthropology

Subject ANTH90002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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 throughout period of enrolment.
Total Time Commitment: An average of 40 hours each week.
Prerequisites: Entry to Master of Arts in Anthropology - 102KB.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in successful completion of a Bachelor of Arts honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

The Anthropology Major Thesis is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research in an area of Anthropology. 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 successfully complete this subject will:

  • be able to devise an anthropological research question, and design a program of research from which an answer to the research question can be developed.
  • have written a sustained evidence-based thesis in a style comprehensible to non-experts in the field.
  • have demonstrated an aptitude for original research in anthropology at a higher degree level.
Assessment: one 30,000 word thesis
Prescribed Texts: Appropriate texts will be determined in consultation with Thesis supervisor
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • show initiative in self-directed research.
  • demonstrate an ability to identify, collect and collate data relevant to a research question.
  • demonstrate an ability to critically analyse and evaluate data.
  • be able to communicate the aims and outcomes of research intelligibly and economically.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Anthropology (Thesis)

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