- Class Number 4558
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Chui Ling Evelyn Goh
- Prof Chui Ling Evelyn Goh
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
The course provides basic training in research design, research methods and ethics for students whose Honours thesis topics relate to International, Political and Security Studies in the Asia Pacific. It is required for all students enrolled in the Bachelor of International Security Studies Honours plan, and for all students enrolled in the Asia-Pacific Politics specialisation of the Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours plan.
Students will be trained to pose theoretically sound research questions, design feasible, appropriate research methods and locate their thesis in relation to debates in their discipline. The course aims to help students acquire the skills required to independently design, conduct and write up the findings from a scholarly research project.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to engage with disciplinary debates in research and writing
2. Develop a theoretically sound research design
3. Demonstrate the ability to select an appropriate, ethical method for researching a question in security studies.
4. Demonstrate skills in analysis and scholarly writing
5. Demonstrate the ability to present research questions, a research design and preliminary findings to an audience of academics and student peers, and to provide peer-review
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||6 March 2019, 4-8pm (Prof. Goh's office, level 4 HBC) Session 1: INTRODUCTIONS||4.00PM - 4.45PM: Introduction to the Honours Thesis Mutual introductions; introduction to the Honours programme; expectations for the Honours year. 5.00PM - 8.00PM: Academic Writing and Analysis for International Security Studies (BPB #110, Room 121) A special joint session with SDSC Masters and Doctoral research students. Academic analysis v policy commentary: Prof. Evelyn Goh Principles of Social Science analysis: Dr. Richard Reid|
|2||7 March 2019, 11.00AM-12.15PM (PSC Reading Room, Lev 4, HBC) Session 2: Library Skills||IF POSSIBLE, STUDENTS SHOULD BRING THEIR OWN LAPTOPS FOR THIS SESSION Conducted by Jacqui Kempton, ANU Library|
|3||14 March 2019, 10am - 12pm (Prof. Goh's office, Lev 4, HBC) Session 3: Reading for the Honours Thesis||In this session, Prof. Goh takes the class through the fundamentals of bibliography-building for a research project, and introduces basic skills for academic reading. This session will be complemented by INDIVIDUAL TUTORIAL #1 with student supervisors, focusing on subject-specific bibliography building. This tutorial should be arranged between students and their individual supervisors, and must take place either in Week 2 or Week 3.|
|4||21 March 2019, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm (Institutes Boardroom, Ground Floor, Coombs Extension) Session 4: Research Design in the Social Sciences||4(a): 10AM - 12PM: Research Design in the Social Sciences In the first part of this session, Prof. Goh delivers a lecture on research design, addressing: What types of theses/dissertations are there? What does a good research question look like? How to design research to answer the question? Is the question empirical, or theoretical? If theoretical - how to select a case, or cases, which will help to answer the question? What are easy, hard, and crucial cases? What methods are best suited to addressing the research question? 4(b): 2PM - 4PM: Proposal Presentations In the second part of this session, students' thesis proposal presentations will be delivered and feedback provided (10% of overall grade).|
|5||28 March, 9am - 12pm (SDSC Reading Room, Lev 3, HBC) Session 5: Writing Workshop 1||In this session, which will be run by the Academic Skills and Learning Centre, Dr. Thuy Do will guide students on how to structure a thesis. This will include a focus on the abstract and introductory chapter. Indicative programme: 9:00 –10.00am Analysing past theses: structure and argument 10:00 –10.30am Morning tea break 10.30 –11:15am Writing session 11:15 –12.00pm Peer review|
|6||24 April, 3.30pm - 6.00pm (SDSC Reading Room, Lev 3, HBC) Session 6: Approaches to Strategic and Security Studies||This session provides a broad overview of key approaches relevant to Honours theses in International Security Studies. 6(a): 3.30PM to 4.30PM: Key Concepts and Frameworks in International Security Studies (Guest lecturer: Dr Andrew Carr) 6(b): 5.00PM to 6.00PM: Two Ways to Slice the Qualitative Pie: ‘Levels of analysis’; and ‘material versus ideational’ (Prof. Evelyn Goh, BPB 121)|
|7||2 May, 9am - 12pm (Institutes Boardroom, Ground Floor, Coombs Extension) Session 7: Guest lectures by 2 HINSS thesis supervisors||This session introduces students to key approaches relevant to Honours theses in Strategic Studies and International Security Studies: how to study national-level variables. 7(a): 9AM to 10.15AM: Identity and Historical Experience (Dr. Feng Zhang) 7(b): 10.30AM to 12.00PM: Strategic culture (Dr. Greg Raymond)|
|8||9 May, 9am - 12pm (SDSC Reading Room, Lev 3, HBC) Session 8: Guest lectures by 2 HINSS thesis supervisors||This session explores the challenges of analysing contemporary policy issues for academic research, focusing on two popular themes. 8(a): 9AM to 10.15AM: The economic-security nexus (Dr. Andy Kennedy) 8(b): 10.30AM to 12.00PM: Understanding perceptions (Dr. Joanne Wallis) (TBC)|
|9||16 May, 9am - 12pm (SDSC Reading Room, Lev 3, HBC) Session 9: Writing Workshop 2: How to write a chapter||This will be a half-day writing workshop, run by the Academic Skills and Learning Centre. This will be confirmed at a later date, and further details are TBA. During this week, students also have INDIVIDUAL TUTORIAL #2 with student supervisors, focusing on finalising the thesis working bibliography and preparing to write the Introduction. This tutorial should be arranged between students and their individual supervisors, and must take place by the end of Week 9.|
|10||23 May, 9am - 12pm (SDSC Reading Room, Lev 3, HBC) Session 10: DRAFT INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP||Peer reviews and feedback on Draft Introductions (15% of overall grade). Convened by Prof. Goh.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Note on Assessment||0 %||04/03/2019||31/05/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Class Participation||10 %||31/05/2019||31/05/2019||1, 4, 5|
|Thesis Proposal Presentation||10 %||21/03/2019||07/03/2019||1, 2, 5|
|Refined Thesis Proposal||20 %||22/04/2019||06/05/2019||2, 3, 4|
|Peer Review of another student's Introductory Chapter||15 %||23/05/2019||06/06/2019||1, 4, 5|
|Draft Introductory Chapter||45 %||03/06/2019||04/07/2019||1, 2, 3, 4|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Note on Assessment
Generally, marked assessments will be returned two weeks (14 days) after the due date. The lecturer will let you know if this timeline will not be met.
Assessments will 'open for submission' one week (7 days) ahead of the due date. If for any reason you need to submit earlier than this, please email the lecturer for guidance.
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Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4, 5
Class participation is a key component of this course. Discussions with peers, the course convener and invited presenters will provide valuable insights into research design, research skills, and effective postgraduate writing. Students are expected to read all assigned readings and be prepared to provide commentary in class on any of the following aspects:
- the argument presented;
- the theory, methods, and sources employed, and the extent to which these support the argument;
- the technical qualities of the writing such as tone, style and structure; and
- approaches, concepts, theories and models that may be applicable to their own research project.
The assessment of class participation will be based on the regularity and the quality of the contributions to discussion, the feedback offered on peers’ proposals and draft thesis introductions, and the manner in which both are delivered. Discussion in class should be robust but respectful at all times.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 5
Thesis Proposal Presentation
DUE DATE: Thursday, 21 March 2019.
Students are required to deliver a 10 minute presentation on their thesis proposal. This is intended to introduce their project to the course convenor and their peers, begin the process of mapping out their research, and provide experience of explaining their research in a concise and coherent manner. Each student will present for 10 minutes, briefly outlining the following aspects:
- main research question,
- anticipated argument,
- theoretical approach, and
- proposed methodology, including potential sources
Each presentation will be followed by a discussion session chaired by a nominated discussant from the class. The course convenor will also provide feedback.
Students will be assessed on the content of their presentation, as well as their presentation values and ability to speak to time. Students are encouraged to rehearse their presentation. PowerPoint or other visual aids are strongly encouraged, but are not compulsory. Further guidance is in a document at the course's Wattle site.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4
Refined Thesis Proposal
DUE: Monday, 22 APRIL 2019, 11.59PM.
Following on from the oral presentation of their thesis proposal, students will deliver a refined written version of their proposal. The proposal should address suggestions and criticisms raised in the discussion following the presentation. It shall be up to 2,500 words long and should:
- situate their project in relation to relevant literature;
- justify conceptual definitions and proposed research methods;
- discuss major sources, potential challenges to their successful exploitation, and how these will be managed;
- present a research plan for the remainder of the student's candidature;
- present a chapter plan; and
- include a bibliography (not included in the word count).
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4, 5
Peer Review of another student's Introductory Chapter
DUE DATE: Thursday, 23 May 2019.
Discussants (peer reviewers) will be identified the week before.
In the last session of the course, each student will present a draft of their introductory chapter for peer feedback and discussion. Another student (the peer reviewer) will be nominated as a discussant for each chapter and will be required to deliver a 5-10 minute presentation on the chapter. The presentation should:
- Provide a summary of the chapter, highlighting the intended argument of the thesis and other major points; and
- Provide a constructive critique of the chapter that addresses issues such as style and tone of the writing, the flow and arrangement of ideas, and the appropriateness of the theory and methodology employed. The critique should both identify strengths, and detail ways the chapter could be improved.
To be clear: you are being assessed on your capacity to review a peer's work. This is an important part of the academic world. Your critique can be critical, but it must also be constructive.
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Draft Introductory Chapter
DUE: Monday, 3 June 2019, 11:59PM.
At the end of the course, each student will submit a draft introduction to his or her thesis. In this draft introduction, students are expected to:
- provide an effective overview of the thesis subject, and introduce the key research question;
- locate the thesis clearly in a disciplinary or multi-disciplinary context;
- discuss the theoretical approaches used to frame the analysis;
- explain and justify the methodology used to answer the research question;
- outline a coherent thesis structure; and
- introduce the anticipated argument.
The length of the introduction will vary, depending on the overall thesis structure adopted. Word limits will not be rigorously applied but the introduction submitted should be in the vicinity of 4,000 words.
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Evelyn Goh is the Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at the Australian National University, where she is also Research Director at the Strategic & Defence
Studies Centre. She has published widely on U.S.-China relations and diplomatic history, East Asian security and international relations (contemporary and historical),
Southeast Asian strategies towards great powers, and environmental security. These include The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in Post-Cold
War East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2013); ‘Great Powers and Hierarchical Order in Southeast Asia: Analyzing Regional Security Strategies’, International Security
32:3 (Winter 2007/8):113-57; and Constructing the US Rapprochement with China, 1961-1974 (Cambridge University Press, 2004). Most recently, she edited the
volume Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia (Oxford University Press, 2016). Professor Goh moved to Australia and the ANU in August 2013, and has held
previous faculty positions at Royal Holloway University of London (2008-13); the University of Oxford (2006-8); and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in
Areas of research expertise: International Relations theory; diplomatic history; international security; historical sociology; IR, security and regionalism in East Asia; US-China relations; China-Japan relations; Southeast Asian strategies towards great power; non-traditional security; economic-security nexus
Prof Chui Ling Evelyn Goh