Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - 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)Seamus O'Hanlon


Students will be allocated a supervisor with whom they will be expected to meet and communicate on a regular basis. Under supervision, students will be required to write a minor thesis on an approved topic of approximately 9,000 words. As part of their thesis work, students will also be expected to attend a general seminar which prepares students to undertake research.


It is expected that students undertaking this unit will be able to:

  1. Undertake independent research under the guidance of an academic supervisor;
  2. Identify and develop key research questions;
  3. Pursue a program of research leading to the presentation of a thesis;
  4. Demonstrate an ability to develop a sustained, coherent and logical argument within the thesis;
  5. Critically analyse the evidence used to support an argument or line of thinking;
  6. Demonstrate a command of the literature relevant to the particular area of international studies under investigation and an understanding of how the research interacts with that literature;
  7. Critically discuss and evaluate both primary and secondary sources that are relevant to the particular question under investigation;
  8. Review and apply to their research relevant theoretical and conceptual questions that underpin the particular question investigation;
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the methodological issues surrounding approaches to the particular area of international studies under investigation.


Minor thesis 9000 words: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Seamus O'Hanlon

Contact hours

Weekly or fortnightly meetings with supervisor.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

International studies