Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSociology
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett


Previously coded SCY3150


In this unit, students will identify an issue of interest to them drawn from their undergraduate studies in Behavioural Studies, Sociology and/or Gender Studies. Using this topic, students will undertake an extensive review of the relevant academic literature and complete an independent research exercise exploring this topic. This research will be supervised by the Unit Coordinator with input from other staff as appropriate.


Upon completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. Developed extensive knowledge of a significant issue in contemporary social sciences;
  2. Engaged with a variety of critical and theoretical debates about this issue;
  3. Developed the ability to critically evaluate the extant literature about this issue;
  4. Knowledge of a range of methodological approaches that have been used to examine this issue;
  5. Developed the ability to communicate in both oral and written formats about this issue;
  6. Independently developed and completed a significant piece of research.


Written work (3500): 60%
Class presentation: 20%
Attendance and participation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

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


BHS3130, ATS3749, SCY2150, AZA3852