SOCS4100 Honours Research Skills

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Anthropology and Sociology; Archaeology; Communication and Media Studies; Law and Society; Linguistics; Philosophy, Politics and Economics; Political Science and International Relations [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
  • Honours core unit in Business Law [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]
This unit consists of a weekly seminar with an honours coordinator. Some of the seminar sessions examine major aspects of developing a research project (in this case the honours dissertation): formulating a research question in relation to existing knowledge; developing a formal research proposal; supporting claims; structuring the dissertation; and advanced academic style. Students have the opportunity early in the semester to receive feedback on their draft research proposal from their peers in a supportive environment.
Students are able to (1) describe the research process in its various phases; (2) apply strong conceptual skills; (3) critically evaluate and synthesise existing knowledge/theories; (4) identify appropriate research methods to address different research questions; (5) identify the requirements of ethical research; (6) locate resources in their field and demonstrate their skills in building bibliographies; (7) apply advanced skills in oral presentations and academic writing; and (8) demonstrate high levels of competency in independent research in preparation for possible postgraduate studies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal—written and oral presentation; (2) literature review; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Farida Fozdar
Unit rules
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week
SOCS4100 is not available in 2021. Students should enrol in MIXD5005 instead.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.