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
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Flexible)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Sharmini Sherrard


This unit provides students with the opportunity to:

  1. take up examples from their own professional work and subject this to detailed analysis with the support of the supervisor - this option only applies to professionals who have been working with NGOs, agencies etc in the field prior to their enrolment; or
  2. undertake an analysis of a particular theory or case study of importance to the current or future professional development of the student. In both cases the one-to-one relationship with the expert supervisor ensures that a carefully structured reading and writing program is developed in a manner directly relevant to the research topic.


On sucessful completion of this unit the student will be able to-:

  1. Review a body of literature in their chosen topic, and demonstrate a command of that literature.
  2. Develop key research questions.
  3. Develop critical analytical reasoning of issues through independent thought.
  4. Structure a well written research paper, with a coherent argument.
  5. Write longer, integrated and sustained critical argument.
  6. Gain an in-depth understanding of a comprehensive approach and international best practice to crisis management.


Research paper (9000words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Sharmini Sherrard

Contact hours

One hour contact (flexible) and an average of 10 hours per week in private research and assessment projects.