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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Natalie Doyle


This unit aims to provide the student with the opportunity to investigate a topic of his or her choice in consultation with the unit coordinator and/or the chosen discipline's coordinator. Students will be required to do a preliminary bibliographical search, both in available libraries and online databases, followed by a critical appraisal in essay form of relevant disciplinary literature. Fifth year level students will be expected to investigate more theoretically oriented literature.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand, discuss and analyse different theoretical issues pertinent to the disciplinary area chosen
  2. Develop and express an understanding of the specificity of the various disciplinary paradigms
  3. Understand, discuss and analyse the issues raised by each paradigm and their relevance to various research projects
  4. Develop an ability to engage with, critique and compare existing research in the chosen discipline.

Fifth-year students employ a more sophisticated analysis and written presentation. They will be expected to read more widely and work at a higher level.


Written project(equivalent of 6000 words): 70%
Seminar activities (equivalent of 3000 words): 30%

Fifth-year students will use more sophisticated analysis and written presentation skills

Chief examiner(s)

Natalie Doyle

Contact hours

3 hour seminar per week, including use of e-learning platform (discussion, material delivery and collaboration) equivalent to a minimum of one weekly hour.

Off-campus attendance requirements

On campus only.


Honours level in French or equivalent; Honours in cognate area with permission of teacher.