This unit of study provides students the opportunity, under guidance from a supervisor, to develop a research question and write a thesis on topics related to community development, digital media or communications. Final topic will be negotiated between the student and supervisor and will be a research area within the field of community development either in Australian and/or international context. The research will usually be text-based, some will include fieldwork. The student who undertake fieldwork must demonstrate high-level knowledge of ethical fieldwork procedures and seeks timely ethics clearance.
AAA5002 - Research Methods
Students must have a distinction or above in AAA5002 Research Methods in order to undertake ASA6003 Research Thesis (Part 1).
|1.||Investigate and distil previous research in a designated area;|
|2.||Critically reflect on a range of conceptual and empirical materials and justify conclusions;|
|3.||Argue findings through written communication;|
|4.||Conceptually map the intersection between theory and practice;|
|5.||Elucidate potential ethical problems and implement ethical research processes under supervision; and|
|6.||Transform work processes and knowledge formation through collaboration with others.|
|Literature Review||Reviewing the literature relevant to the topic of study||30%|
|Assignment||Developing a comprehensive research proposal with the guidance of the supervisor||40%|
|Other||Complete and submit ethics application to be reviewed by VU's ethics committee||30%|
Investigating the social world: the process and practice of research, 6th edn,
Schutt RK, 2008,
Social research methods 3rd edn
Bryman A, 2008,
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