Course Title: Honours Thesis A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Honours Thesis A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Peter Phipps / Larissa Sandy / Kathryn Daley

Course Coordinator Phone: [9925] 2039 / 3773 / 9926

Course Coordinator Email: / /

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5 / 37.4 / 37.2

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a compulsory course in the Honours Program.  It requires you to conduct independent research under supervision. This constitutes the major piece of work undertaken during the Honours year and the feature that distinguishes the Honours program from previous undergraduate studies. The centrality of the research thesis is reflected in the credit points and percentage of the assessment assigned to it. In this course, you will be expected to move from draft stages to the submission of the final version.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The thesis is the most important part of the Honours Program. It is the most challenging project undertaken by an undergraduate student.  Students must devise the topic, develop it into a full research plan, come to terms with the major existing literature on the subject, investigate new sources, gather and organize data, sustain an interpretative discussion, and present the argument in a logical and coherent form.

At the completion of this course you will have:

  1. Gained experience in the execution of a substantial research project;
  2. Acquired familiarity with and understanding of the principal scholarly literature on the topic, and be able to assess the different interpretative perspectives;
  3. Demonstrated a capacity to synthesise a range of conceptual and empirical materials;
  4. Enhanced your capacity to articulate and organise ideas in a sustained written composition.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is based on individual research under the supervision of a member of the School’s academic staff.

Overview of Learning Resources

Deciding and accessing the appropriate learning resources will be a part of the project itself. Some of this will have been undertaken during first semester preparatory coursework, especially in HUSO1222 - Research Strategies.

Overview of Assessment

There will be one assessment task. This will be a research-based monogragh.