Anthropology Thesis

Subject ANTH40008 (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 Honours or Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced)



Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Honours and Postgraduate Diploma students can only enrol in one of ANTH40007 and ANTH40008. ANTH40008 is the thesis subject for pre-2008 students who have completed the major in Anthropology.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request 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.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Amanda Gilbertson


Subject Overview:

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

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully cmplete this subject will:

  • be familiar with the techniques and concepts involved in preparation of the review of a literature relating to particular research topics in anthropology;
  • be able to select a research question and to design a program using the most appropriate techniques to gather the information on which an answer to the question can be developed;
  • be able to analyse data and reach sensible conclusions;
  • be capable of presenting these results in written and oral form so that they are comprehensible to persons who are not 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 cmplete this subject will:

  • have practice in conducting independent library research and, where appropriate, research with human subjects.
  • have experience of advanced methods of critical inquiry and argument leading to improved analytical skills.
  • have acquired awareness of issues relating to cross-cultural communication.
  • have acquired awareness of the requirements of ethical practice in relation to research with human subjects and familiarity with the codes of practice required by the University of Melbourne.
Links to further information:

This Thesis is for pre 2008 students who are completeing their Honours year in Anthropology.

Enrolment in this thesis subject must be over two consecutive semesters

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Anthropology
PD-ARTS Anthropology

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