Faculty of Arts

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
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Chris Nash


Students produce an original piece of supervised research, the specific topic to be agreed between the student and supervisor. This research is written up and analysed in a scholarly dissertation of 15,000 to18,000 words, or a major piece of non-fiction professional production (10,000 words or equivalent) plus a 5000 word scholarly exegesis.


On satisfactory completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. Identify a key issue in Journalism, Australian and/or Indigenous Studies that lends itself to further investigation, analysis and discussion in a research essay or a substantial piece of non-fiction production, and synthesise it into an original research question;
  2. Identify and utilise the relevant scholarly literature to frame the theoretical approach to be used, and identify the appropriate original empirical field for exploration and analysis;
  3. Produce a substantial and well-argued scholarly analysis in response to the research question, or produce a substantial and well-argued analysis in a professional non-fiction genre in response to the research question accompanied by a scholarly exegesis.


Part completion of thesis (15,000 to 18,000 words) or non-fiction production (10,000 words or equivalent) plus scholarly exegesis of 5,000 words: 100%.

Chief examiner(s)


Contact hours

Supervision: 0.5 hrs per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Online and phone discussion

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

Australian Indigenous studies
Journalism studies