Major Thesis - Development Studies

Subject DEVT90004 (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 over the period of enrolment
Total Time Commitment: 40 hours each week
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Arts program in Development Studies (102DS).
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in successful completion of an undergraduate degree with significant exposure to development studies or with subsequent development experience.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Nadeem Malik


Dr Nadeem Malik

Subject Overview:

The Development Studies Major thesis is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research in an area of Development. 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 complete this subject will produce a 30,000 word thesis on a research project dealing with an area of Development. demonstrate an ability to present, argue and demonstrate a coherent hypothesis on an issue in Development Studies, supported by research and analysis. and demonstrate an aptitude for original research at a higher degree level in the future.


Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge in an area of study relating to development.
  • engage in the broader theoretical debates as they relate to development.
  • produce a substantial piece of written work.
  • make an original scholastic contribution.
  • develop advanced research skills.
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:

  • be able to think critically (for example, about development and its measures).
  • obtain information to evaluate propositions (about the principles of development).
  • write a coherent and empirically substantiated research paper.
  • defend that paper.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Development Studies(Thesis only)

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