1 x 30-hour independent study weekly
1 x 1-hour supervised study fortnightly
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
^ 1 of GEOG9118A, DVST9118A
Enrolment not permitted
DVST9118B has been successfully completed
Course context

This topic is taught and assessed as a continuum.

Topic description

This topic involves writing a thesis in the field of development studies under the supervision of a member of staff. The thesis should give evidence of the student's ability to collect and evaluate information, construct, test and defend an argument and critically examine theories in the area of enquiry. The thesis will normally be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom will be external to the University. The supervisor will not be an examiner.

Educational aims

The Development Studies Research Thesis involves supervised individual reading and research in an area of development studies, culminating in the production of a thesis of about 20,000 words in length. Through the research process the student should have developed sufficient appreciation of research methods and the relevant research literature in order to analyse, in reasonable depth, actual examples of development interventions, problems or impacts.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent research on the chosen topic
  2. Demonstrate a capacity to design research methodology and present it at seminars and, if appropriate, prepare related documentation for the approval of relevant university committees
  3. Demonstrate a capacity to communicate the findings of your research in the written work submitted for examination
  4. Demonstrate a capacity to verbally present the findings of your research to peers

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.