Development Studies Thesis

Subject DEVT40008 (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: It is expected that students will meet with their supervisors at least fortnightly over two consecutive semesters of enrolment.
Total Time Commitment:


Entry into BA Honours (Development Studies) or Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) (Development Studies)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
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 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 Erin Fitz-Henry


Subject Overview:

An original, supervised research project on a topic to be decided in consultation with the coordinator and the supervisor.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should

  • have an awareness of the specific methodologies appropriate for research in the asepct of the discipline within which their Honours thesis is situated;
  • be familiar with the techniques and concepts involved in the preparation of a review of the literature relating to particular research topics in development;
  • be capable of communicating research 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. A hurdle requirement is the submission of a research and thesis proposal on a date specified before the end of the first week of semester.

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 decided in consultation with 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

  • think critically (for example, about development and its measures);
  • obtain information to evaluate propositions (about the principles of development);
  • write a coherent and empirically substantiated research paper;
  • defend that paper.
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Enrolment in this thesis subject must be over two consecutive semesters

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

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