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PLM5000A - Research dissertation - Part 1

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Andy Butfoy


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Students will have an opportunity to conduct in-depth research into a topic of their choice under staff supervision.


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

  1. Demonstrate developed skills to read critically material from, and acquire knowledge of, a selected field of international relations.
  2. Demonstrate developed skills in presenting such knowledge in an academically sound and convincing manner.
    1. Identify and develop a specific topic in the field of international relations for investigation;
    2. demonstrate an awareness and command of the available sources; and
    3. present a clear, logically ordered and sustained argument which meets high scholarly standards.


Essay (2500 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact hours

0.5 hour supervisory meeting per fortnight


Students must have a distinction plus (70%+) in the two core units of the Master of International Relations program.

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