SOCS4141 Honours Dissertation 2

Credit
12 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

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.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (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
  • Honours core unit in Anthropology and Sociology; Archaeology; Asian Studies; Communication and Media Studies; Linguistics; Political Science and International Relations [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content
The aim of this unit is for students to develop the ability to design, research and write a dissertation of 15,000 words (or equivalent) on a topic of their own devising. Students work under the supervision of an academic staff member, who guides and advises them in their formulation of an appropriate research topic and in the execution of the research, and who provides constructive feedback on the draft sections of the dissertation, and on the documentation and bibliography.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate advanced knowledge and theoretical understanding in a specific area of one of the Social Science disciplines; (2) identify and critically assess a range of published interpretations of key issues in a topic area and provide original insights through the critical analysis, consolidation and synthesis of these documents; and (3) design an original research project with a coherent and consistent epistemology and methodology for the analysis of secondary and/or primary sources.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a dissertation and (2) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the presentation component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Larissa Sexton-Finck
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.