ANTH 4004A - Honours Anthropology Thesis Two Year Continuing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

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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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Richard Vokes

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This 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.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The 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.



    Workload

    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 Summary
    The 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.



  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    15,000 word thesis Formative and Summative 100% 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Assessment Detail
    Rationale 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.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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