International Politics Shorter Thesis

Subject POLS90008 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisor
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 166-524 International Politics Shorter Thesis
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Prof. Ralph Pettman
Subject Overview:

A School-based supervised thesis on a topic to be approved by the Course Coordinator, and embodying original research.

  • demonstrate a specialist understanding of the subject being studied.
  • show a capacity for an advanced level of analysis in relation to the issues being studied.
  • show an awareness of the latest research directions in the particular subject.
  • have shown a capacity for original political research.
Assessment: A 20 000 - 22 000 word thesis (100%)
Prescribed Texts: none
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to conceptualise and plan a substantial project of original research.
  • be able to present material in draft form and engaging productively with a supervisor.
  • be able to consolidate and enhance established skills in engaging creatively with a critical field.
  • be able to synthesise critical arguments and debates.
  • be able to test and develop new research methods in relation to ongoing debates.
  • be able to enhance drafting and writing skills, in both a critical and creative manner.
  • be able to manage time and study resources over a sustained period of time.
Notes: This subject is a compulsory component of the Master of Arts in International Politics (Advanced Seminar Shorter Thesis) course.

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