Major Thesis - Australian Studies

Subject AUST90004 (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 the supervisor
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the relevant Masters program
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
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Dr Sara Wills


Dr Sara Wills


Subject Overview:

Students are required to write a thesis of 30,000 words on a topic approved by a supervisor. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research.

  • demonstrate a capacity for articulating relevant questions and the appropriate methodologies for investigating them.
  • exhibit a familiarity with relevant literature and an ability to locate one's research within that literature.
  • identify relevant research repositories and materials and show a capacity for sustained and discerning research within them.
  • express research findings in lucid, effective prose which uses appropriate conventions of documentation.
Assessment: A thesis of 30 000 words 100% examined by two external examiners
Prescribed Texts: N/A
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Have an advanced knowledge of the major debates in Australian Studies.
  • Have developed a specialised knowledge in Australian Studies.
  • Have produced a thesis based on original research that reveals an awareness of the latest research and theoretical directions within their chosen sub-discipline of Australian Studies.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Australian Studies(Thesis)

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