Anthropology & Social Theory Thesis

Subject ANTH40007 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with a supervisor throughout the semester
Total Time Commitment:

an average of 20 hours each week


Enrolment in Anthropology and Social Theory Honours or Postgraduate Diploma.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Honours and postgraduate diploma students can only enrol in one of ANTH40007 and ANTH40008. ANTH40007 is the thesis subject for New Generation Arts students who have completed the major in Anthropology and Social Theory.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Amanda Gilbertson


Subject Overview:

An independent research project on a topic to be approved by the course coordinator and under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should

  • be familiar with the methods and concepts employed in the preparation of a review of the literature on research topics in anthropology and social theory.
  • be able to devise a research question.
  • be able to design a program of research from which an answer to the research question can be developed.
  • have mastered methods and techniques of analysis of data.
  • have written a sustained evidence-based thesis in a style comprehensible to non-experts in the field

A thesis of 15,000 words, due at the end of the second semester of enrolment.

The following Hurdle Requirements must be met in order for students to be eligible to submit the final Thesis:

1. Supervision: Regular supervisory meetings

2. Topic Proposal Form: To be submitted by the first week of the Semester of thesis enrolment

3. Progress Report: To be submitted half way through the thesis year

4. Thesis Draft: A full draft of the thesis is to be submitted approximately 5 weeks prior to the final thesis submission date.

Final Theses submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day.

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:

Students who successfully complete this subject should

  • 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
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Note: Enrolment in this thesis subject must be over two consecutive semesters

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