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Honours Research Seminar (POL501)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 6
Description This Honours research skills unit examines the research methods employed in a number of the disciplines that form part of the social sciences, with the particular disciplines under consideration being determined by the participants in the Seminar. Students will come to to understand and employ research skills associated with the discipline or sub-discipline in which their dissertation is located, and to recognise the difference between the methods they employ and those employed in other disciplines in the social sciences.
Unit Learning Outcomes LO1 To understand the way that important words (key concepts) are used differently by different researchers engaged in research in the social sciences
LO2 To apply this understanding to two (alternative uses) of a word (concept) relevant to the student's thesis project.
LO3 To understand the differences in practices among those who undertake research within a discipline and sub-discipline.
LO4 To lead a seminar that examines the practices within a particular discipline roo sub-discipline of the social sciences.
LO5 To apply this understanding in a characterisation of the way that scholars within two disciplines or sub-disciplines would student an event relevant to the student's thesis project.
Timetabled Learning Activities 2 hour weekly seminar face-to-face and/or via Skype
Unit Learning Experiences At Honours level, discipline-specific research units are required. This accords with feedback from students within 'Governance' (Sustainability, and Politics and International Studies) who have commented that they need a unit focusing on Honours research skills that are particularly relevant to Sustainability, Politics and International Studies research rather than a generalist unit covering research across the full range of social sciences and humanities.

Assessment Assignment 1 (40%)
Explain two different uses of one of the concepts discussed in the seminar series. Explain how each of these uses of that concept leads to a different understanding and study of an event.
Seminar Organisation and Leadership (20%)
Students are to choose an academic discipline or sub-discipline of the social sciences, provide readings on that sub-discipline (approx. 60 pages) and lead seminar discussion on those readings and that discipline or sub-discipline.
Assignment 2 (40%)
Choose a current event and discuss the ways that this event would be studied by scholars working within two disciplines or sub-disciplines of Social Science.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BA Honours - Honours in Sustainable Development or Politics and International Studies.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Global Politics and Policy Honours (BA(Hons))
Sustainable Development Honours (BA(Hons))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Ian Cook
Head of Discipline Global Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6117
e: I.Cook@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.053 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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