UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANTH4141 Dissertation (Anthropology and Sociology) 2

Credit 12 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Anthropology and Sociology [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content In this unit students work independently, with one-on-one supervision by staff and must participate in a thesis writing workshop. An anthropology/sociology honours thesis is an original piece of work that deals at length with a unique research question. Students undertake a comprehensive treatment of a topic of choice in the research, writing and presentation of a thesis. Theses are judged on the student's ability to state and address a question or proposition, synthesise concepts and data, and demonstrate independence of thought and familiarity with a body of literature, as well as on the student's ability to argue cogently and lucidly. Considerable emphasis is placed on the structuring of an argument, the demonstration of critical thinking and correct presentation. The thesis should be approximately 15,000 words and is developed principally with the student's supervisor. Students are expected to attend thesis writing seminars where students are expected to participate and performance is assessed on a pass/fail basis. The seminar provides a venue for discussion of each student's thesis project and the opportunity to receive feedback from fellow students, thesis supervisors and the unit coordinator. Seminar discussion focuses on conceptualisation of topics, thesis structure, relevant literature, timetable and planning. Having successfully completed a dissertation, students are eligible to work as professional anthropologists in a range of consultancy fields.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) present a focused thesis question/proposition/hypothesis that is manageable within the scope of an honours project and that demonstrates a degree of originality of inquiry and/or method; (2) create a scholarly and critical appraisal of relevant literature that is linked to the thesis question/proposition/hypothesis; (3) develop a convincing, coherent and consistent argument applying anthropological/sociological perspectives that engage with a recognisable body of theory; (4) use appropriate evidence to support the argument drawing upon, for example, ethnographic examples, empirical data, textual materials; and (5) develop clear written expression, demonstrate attention to detail in scholarly referencing and in overall presentation.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar participation; (2) thesis plan, annotated bibliography, draft chapter; and (3) overall dissertation assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Loretta Baldassar
Unit rules
Prerequisites: ANTH4140 Dissertation (Anthropology and Sociology) 1
Contact hours 2 hour seminar per week for up to 10 weeks
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANTH4141/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANTH4141/SEM-2/2017

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