• Code THES4103
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Thesis
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Johanna Rendle-Short
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    Second Semester 2015
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All ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences undergraduate degree programs have an honours year, and all honours years taught within CASS require the completion of a 24 unit thesis. THES4103 is the honours thesis course for CASS-taught disciplines focussing on studies in Human Society: Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Contemporary Europe, Criminology, Development Studies, European Studies, Gender Sexuality and Culture, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, Policy Studies, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology. Students in this course carry out advanced research on a question of their choice. Their topic is agreed with their thesis supervisor and approved by their honours convenor. Students design and implement a project to answer their research question, to place the answer in the context of an intellectual tradition, and to communicate it clearly to others.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. pose a significant research question relating to their discipline;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to the discipline, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Indicative Assessment

The thesis is the sole piece of assessment for this course; to successfully complete this course, it must demonstrate all learning outcomes for the course (LO1-3).

The length of the thesis is a maximum of 20,000 words exclusive of footnotes, tables, figures, maps, bibliography, and appendices. There is a penalty of 10% for exceeding this word limit.

Additional requirements are set out in the annual CASS Honours Student Guide. In the case of any inconsistency between programsandcourses.anu.edu.au and the CASS Honours Student Guide, programsandcourses takes precedence.

Recycling of material.

Recycling “is the submission for assessment of work which, wholly or in large part, has been previously presented by the same student for another assessment, either at the Australian National University or elsewhere” (Code of Practice for Student Academic Integrity https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_000392, paragraph 2). If each of the following two conditions are met, students may include in this course material that has been submitted for assessment in other 4000-level courses that are available in the honours plan for which they are enrolled:

(i) the honours course from which material is being recycled states that material submitted in that course may be incorporated into the assessment for THES410X Thesis; AND

(ii) the acknowledgements or introduction of the thesis clearly identifies the title of the assessment/s and name of the course/s from which material is being recycled, and an indication of the extent of the recycling.

Examination

The thesis will initially be examined by at least two examiners; neither examiner should be the supervisor or a staff member who has given extensive advice. At least one examiner must have a high level of expertise in the research methodology used. Examiners will use the CASS Coursework Thesis Marking Rubric to assign each thesis to a grade and mark. In addition, examiners will be requested to write a detailed report as feedback and guidance for the student.

The examiners will by negotiation agree on and submit a single mark and grade for the thesis. Should the examiners not be able to reach agreement, an additional examiner will be appointed and will, in conjunction with the delegated authority, by negotiation agree with at least one of the other two examiners and submit a single mark and grade for the thesis.

The identity of an examiner will not be disclosed to the student unless the examiner gives written permission for this to happen.

Direct contact between the student and/or supervisor with any examiner of the student’s thesis about the thesis and its examination at any time between the appointment of the examiner and the finalisation of the mark is prohibited. The relevant Honours or Master’s Program Convenor may, at the request of an examiner, provide further information about the thesis or, in the case of joint work, the student's contribution to the thesis. In cases where the Convenor is also the Supervisor, the Head of School or nominee will manage the examination process.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

A total of 520 hours, including a minimum of 13 hours contact with the supervisor. It is the joint responsibility of the student and supervisor to arrange times for face-to-face contact. The supervisor is normally only available for email or face-to-face consultation during teaching weeks of each semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major or equivalent.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 to 24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $434 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $596 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3548 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3573 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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