Social Science Research Seminar

Subject POLS40013 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 22-Feb-2016 to 25-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 15-Apr-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 22-Feb-2016
Census Date 04-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 01-Apr-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 4-day intensive course of lectures and workshops, scheduled one week prior to the commencement of Semester 1.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None

Students completing an Honours, Graduate Diploma (Advnced) or Masters by Coursework minor thesis in the following areas of study must complete this subject:

Political Science

Politics and International Studies/Politics



Socio-Legal Studies

International Relations

Public Policy and Management

Social Policy

Students who commence the thesis in semester 2 will be required to complete POLS40013 in the February of the following year.

Study Period Commencement:
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Recommended Background Knowledge:

Politics and International Studies, Criminology, Sociology, Socio-Legal Studies at Undergraduate level

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:


Assoc Prof Michael Crozier


Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to develop research skills for students planning and writing research theses in the School of Social and Political Sciences. The subject explores contemporary research strategies, differing methodological approaches to social research, the relationship of theory and research, and practical issues concerned with designing thesis topics and their realization through the research process, including the management of ethics principles and procedures. The subject gives special attention to the design of problem-driven research. It will assist students to develop skills in thesis preparation and development as well as in the framing of research projects, more generally. The subject is taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subjects students should:

  • Have an understanding of the theoretical, methodological, resource and ethical considerations of relevance in designing a social science research project;
  • Have an appreciation of the role of theory in the framing of social research;
  • Have a sense of the need to identify appropriate research strategies when undertaking research;
  • Have an awareness of the analytical and organizational skills required in social science research;
  • Have completed a fully developed research proposal for their thesis.

A research proposal study of 5000 words, worth 100% (due in April).

Hurdle Requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject, Lecture/Seminar attendance is compulsory on all 4 days. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in class is required.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.

This is a compulsory subject for students enrolled in the following Honours programs: Politics and International Studies, Criminology, Sociology, and the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) in the diciplines of Politics and International Studies, Criminology, Sociology.

This is also a compulsory co-requisite subject for students who are enrolled in the minor thesis component of the Master of International Relations, Master of Public Policy and Management, Master of Criminology, Master of Social Policy.

This subject will run intensively in February 2016, the week before Semester 1 commences.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Criminology
100 Point Master of International Relations
100 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
100 Point Master of Social Policy
150 Point Master of Criminology
150 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
150 Point Master of Social Policy
200 Point Master of Criminology
200 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
200 Point Master of Social Policy
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Anthropology
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Criminology
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Politics and International Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Public Policy and Management
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Socio-Legal Studies
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Advanced) - Social Theory
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Advanced) - Sociology
PD-ARTS Anthropology
PD-ARTS Criminology
PD-ARTS Politics and International Studies
PD-ARTS Public Policy and Management
PD-ARTS Social Theory
PD-ARTS Socio-Legal Studies
PD-ARTS Sociology
Politics and International Studies

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