Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Andy Butfoy


Previously coded PLM5000A


Students will conduct independent research into an International Relations topic of their choice under staff supervision. (Subject to the availability of appropriate supervision.)


Upon successfully completing this subject, students will be able to:

  1. Formulate a research project;
  2. Conduct research independently;
  3. Demonstrate a command of the relevant literature;
  4. Critically analyse the relevant academic literature;
  5. Develop an academically sound argument;
  6. Demonstrate sophisticated written skills.


Written work consisting of an 18,000 word research dissertation: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andy Butfoy

Contact hours

0.5 hour supervisory meeting per fortnight


Students must have at least 75% in the two core units of the Master of International Relations program.