Course Title: Social Work Honours Thesis 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Work Honours Thesis 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Sonia Martin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3483

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses
Successful completion of HWSS2222 Social Work Honours Thesis 1

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

Course Description

This is the second of two courses in the Honours Program, that will culminate in the development of your Thesis. Your thesis, a representation of your research project constitutes the major piece of work undertaken during the Honours year. The centrality of the research thesis is reflected in the credit points and percentage of the assessment assigned to it. 

During this course, under research supervision, you will revise the work you have developed in HWSS2222 Social Work Honours Thesis 1. You will investigate new sources, gather and organise data, sustain an interpretative discussion, and present an argument in a logical and coherent form. In this course, you will be expected to move from draft stages to the submission of the final version of your thesis. 

Please note that if you take this course for a Bachelor Honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.) 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  • Apply a body of interdisciplinary knowledge, values and skills in working with and for society’s most vulnerable and marginalised individuals, families, groups and communities 
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on issues of social disadvantage, marginalisation and oppression in both local and international contexts, and proactively work to promote social justice and human rights 
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and practical reasoning when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts 
  • Communicate using diverse formats and strategies to stakeholders within and external to your discipline 
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness while promoting respectful, ethical and reflective practice 
  • Apply initiative and ethical judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your current and continuing professional practice 
  • Use appropriate research methods to independently design and execute a capstone project 

Course Learning Outcomes

The objective of this course is to help you to develop your abilities to plan and manage a structured research project. It is designed to provide you with an opportunity to be responsible for the identification of project milestones, adherence to self-imposed deadlines, maintenance of a project database, and management of communications with research project stakeholders including supervisory staff. 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. demonstrate high order knowledge in a discipline area related to your research,
  2. demonstrate thorough and extensive knowledge of relevant contemporary literature,
  3. prepare and present professional academic papers,
  4. apply theoretical understanding to the interpretation of substantive research findings,
  5. develop and sustain a substantial argument over the length of the thesis,
  6. demonstrate the use of critical and cogent analysis skills. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The research thesis component will incorporate the following tasks: 

  • Research project planning and design, 
  • Data collection and analysis 
  • Thesis drafting, 
  • Preparation, presentation and editing of thesis text.

You will undertake the learning activities, in this course, independently under the supervision of an expert in your field of research. Some activities may include group supervision and/or discussion

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

You will be able to access a wide range of resources and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and the RMIT Library. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video and links to external websites. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will receive formative feedback on your thesis in this course that will assist you to progress your research and complete your thesis. 

Assessment Task:  

HWSS2222 & HWSS2223 

10,000-12,000 word thesis 

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

You will undertake one milestone task in this course to demonstrate adequate progress. Students who do not fulfil this requirement will receive a Fail grade for the course.  

There will be one formal assessment task to be submitted at the end of the semester. This will be a research-based monograph of 10,000 - 12,000 words (maximum). 

The milestone tasks in semesters one and two, and the final Honours Thesis meet each of the 6 Course Learning Outcomes. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.