Shorter Thesis - Australian Studies

Subject AUST70001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 0
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with the supervisor over two consecutive semesters of enrolment
Total Time Commitment:

30 hours each week


Admission to 102BD - Maters of Arts (Australian Studies) by Advanced seminar and shorter Thesis.


During their period of enrolment in 102BD students will be expected to complete in 2 of the following subjects:

  • INTS90004 Cosmopolitanism beyond Multiculturalism
  • AUST90007 Imaging Australian Spaces
  • HIST90023 The Writing of Australian history
  • SOCI90009 A Century of Australian Social Policy
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Knowledge gained in an undergraduate degree in Australian Studies or a cognate field.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
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:


Prof Kate Darian-Smith



Subject Overview:

The masters program allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in Australian Studies. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. Candidates may advance to the Doctor of Philosophy degree after successful completion of the masters or may apply to convert to a PhD at an earlier stage. An Honours grade of at least H2B (70%) average must be attained in the respective thesis and the advanced seminar components of the course to qualify for the award of the masters degree.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • Have an advanced knowledge of the major debates in Australian Studies.
  • Have developed a specialised knowledge in Australian Studies.
  • Have produced a shorter thesis based on original research that reveals an awareness of the latest research and theoretical directions within their chosen sub-discipline of Australian Studies.

A thesis of 22,000 words 100%, examined by two external examiners.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: MA (AS&&ST) Australian Studies

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