ANTH 4004A - Honours Anthropology Thesis Two Year Continuing
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ANTH 4004A Course Honours Anthropology Thesis Two Year Continuing Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact 1 hour per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) with a major of 24 units in Anthropology Incompatible ANTH 4003 Restrictions Available only to students enrolled in the relevant Honours program Course Description The Honours Thesis Course is based on the production of a 15,000 word dissertation by each student. This will be the primary objective of the course, and the planning, researching and writing of the thesis will be done by the student under supervision by staff members and the course coordinator/s. A dissertation seminar will be a part of the course and is designed to support students through the stages of producing a dissertation. It aims to assist students to arrive and articulate a relevant topic; to turn this topic into an anthropological problem appropriate to the task of writing a thesis; to aid in the consideration of useful theoretical perspectives; to help identify and locate material and relevant literature; to create tasks that address the chosen problem; and help in the creation of a dissertation structure. Students are expected to give structured presentations on aspects of their research projects and dissertations, with a view to workshopping and refining work-in-progress. Topics pertaining to the processes of research, writing and time management will also be covered in the seminars.
Course Coordinator: Dr Alison Dundon
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Course Learning OutcomesThis Honours Thesis course is the culmination of the two seminar series and results in the production of an Honours thesis of
15,000 words in length. Course learning objectives for this course are as follows:
1 To develop the capacity to be able to articulate an appropriate and achievable research project for the Honours program; 2 To have the skills to turn the selected topic into an anthropological problem suited to the task of writing a dissertation; 3 To be able to identify and located substantive material and literature on the topic; 4 To be able to identify key theoretical and conceptual works in order to critically analyse the topic or issue. 5 To develop the skill of articulating a clear, substantiated and theoretically-informed argument in the dissertation; 6 To recognise the possibilities that anthropological research offers for addressing global, cultural, and ethical issues.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 4, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe Honours Thesis Course is based on the production of a dissertation and a dissertation seminar, which aims to aid students in formulating a research proposal and finding a relevant topic; aiding with the formulation of research hypotheses and central questions; considering what kinds of theoretical frameworks are appropriate or useful; and how to write chapters and theses in anthropology.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS 1 hour supervision per week 12 hours per semester 12 hours research per week 144 hours per semester 11 hours writing per week 132 hours per semester In addition, a further 24 hours in week 13 is expected in revising and editing the thesis in
preparation for submission.
24 hours per semester TOTAL 312 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryThe scheduled learning activities covered in this thesis course include:
1. Putting principal areas of subject knowledge such as fieldwork as the primary methodology of Anthropology; the techniques
associated with ethnographic fieldwork; the ethics and subjectivity of conducting long term fieldwork; and the role and implications of the use of this research method for the production of anthropological knowledge as well as primary theoretical perspectives into practice in formulating a research program.
2. The development of skills associated with the techniques and technologies of the ethnographic method, and bringing together
of the methodological and the theoretical in the research program and dissertation.
3. An understanding of the issues that can or may arise during the conduct of ethnographic fieldwork-based research and the
implications of producing an anthropological text.
4. And the skills associated with knowing how to address ethnographic research and its unique implications and dimensions.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome 15,000 word thesis Formative and Summative 100% 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assessment DetailRationale for assessment: The Honours dissertation is designed to aid students in planning, researching and writing a substantial
piece of a research program that they have designed and researched themselves. This is considered an essential skill for the professional and/or academic application of anthropological research methods. The thesis is the culmination of the Honours
year and is weighted accordingly.
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NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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