Shorter Thesis - Social Theory

Subject SOTH90003 (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 contact with supervisor over the period of enrolment
Total Time Commitment: Total of 30 hours per week.

Entry into 102KH Master of Arts in Social Theory (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis.


During their period of enrolment in this subject students will normally undertake two of the following four subjects:

SOTH40003 The Critical Imagination

SOTH40001 Theories of Modernity

SOTH40002 Imagined Societies

SOTH90004 Reading Texts in Social Theory

Recommended Background Knowledge: Students who enrol in this subject must have completed a 4 year honours degree or equivalent, with a thesis component
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 subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Assoc Prof John Rundell


Associate Professor John Rundell

Subject Overview:

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

Objectives: Students who successfully complete this subject will:
  • 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 20,000 - 22,000 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 (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)

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