ASIA4140 Dissertation (Asian Studies) 1

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Asian Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Students in this unit undertake a program of supervised research on a topic negotiated with their supervisor. In the course of their first semester of work, students are expected to make a solid start on their dissertation which typically means completing a detailed chapter outline, a literature review and at least one draft chapter of their 12,000- to 15,000-word dissertation. Students meet regularly with their supervisor who provides advice and feedback on their writing and research. Through conceptualising a research problem to be addressed in the dissertation, conducting the research and writing the dissertation, students not only develop their knowledge and understanding of Asia through research-based enquiry, but also learn a variety of research skills. These skills include developing a critical attitude, learning how to argue and reason, and information literacy as well as written and interpersonal communication skills. There is no formal assessment for the unit and no grade is recorded.
Students are able to (1) develop a research question; (2) formulate smaller questions in order to answer the overall question; (3) locate primary and secondary sources using library databases; (4) structure a dissertation into chapters that present a coherent argument; (5) articulate their findings and discuss them with their supervisors and peers; (6) respond constructively to feedback; and (7) become adept at using the language and conventions of Asian Studies scholarship.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following way: dissertation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor David Bourchier
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