SOCI 4003 - Honours Sociology Thesis

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

The dissertation provides each Honours student with the opportunity to undertake an original and independent research project of their own choice. The thesis or dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) is the written document of the research project and its findings. Students will be paired with an academic supervisor to provide guidance and assistance with the development of the research topic and questions, and provide regular feedback and support for students. Undertaking such an independent project allows for the development of a range of advanced academic and research skills for example, analysis, synthesis of diverse forms of evidence, project management, critical thinking and extended form writing.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SOCI 4003
    Course Honours Sociology Thesis
    Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Contact 2 hours supervision per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) with a 24 unit Major in Sociology or Bachelor of Sociology at a Distinction average or equivalent as determined by Honours Coordinator/Department committee
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program
    Course Description The dissertation provides each Honours student with the opportunity to undertake an original and independent research project of their own choice. The thesis or dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) is the written document of the research project and its findings. Students will be paired with an academic supervisor to provide guidance and assistance with the development of the research topic and questions, and provide regular feedback and support for students. Undertaking such an independent project allows for the development of a range of advanced academic and research skills for example, analysis, synthesis of diverse forms of evidence, project management, critical thinking and extended form writing.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Djordje Stefanovic

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. To develop the capacity to be able to articulate an appropriate and achievable research project for the Honours program in Sociology;
    2. Identify and locate relevant material and literature on the topic;
    3. Identify key theoretical and conceptual works in Sociology in order to critically analyse the topic or issue; and
    4. Develop the skill of articulating a clear, substantiated and theoretically-informed argument in the dissertation.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 4
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    WORKLOAD – STRUCTURED LEARNING
    5 x 2 hour Workshops 10 for semester 2
    14 x 1 hour supervision sessions 15 across semesters 1 and 2

    TOTAL = 24

    WORKLOAD – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING
    8 hours reading per week 192 hours across semesters 1 and 2
    9 hours research per week 216 hours across semesters 1 and 2
    8 hours assignment preparation per week 192 hours across semesters 1 and 2

    TOTAL =624

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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
    Thesis - 12-15,000 word dissertation (100%)
    Assessment Detail
    Thesis - 12-15,000 word dissertation (100%)
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

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

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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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