Researching and writing your thesis will account for most of your time in your honours year. Your thesis is worth 75 per cent of your assessment. Of this, 10% is based on your abstract and outline, which are assessed by your supervisor during Semester 1. The remaining 65% is based on assessment of the completed thesis, which is undertaken by two examiners at the end of the year
You get to choose the thesis topic you want to pursue: perhaps something that has interested you during earlier studies, or something that you feel is important and which will allow you to build upon your undergraduate studies. It should include a question, proposition or view of sufficient scale and scope to enable you to develop it at length, offer supporting evidence, and address a substantial body of material (this might be a single text, an archive, a social, cultural or political phenomenon, and so on).
While focusing on an issue related to the Asia Pacific region, the thesis should locate itself within larger disciplinary debates. College staff will help you identify an interesting and challenging research topic which will allow you to get results or reach a conclusion of some kind in the limited time available.
For more detailed information about the honours thesis see your honours resources.
The CAP Honours program requires you to participate in a 12-unit research training course in semester one of the Honours year. Students undertaking Honours in Asian studies must take either ASIA4001 Fundamental of Research Desing in Asia-Pacific Culture, History and Languages or STST4001 Fundamentals of Research Design in Asia-Pacific International, Political and Security Studies, depending on their disciplinary interests and Honours thesis topic. Those undertaking Honours in International Security Studies must take STST4001 Fundamentals of Research Design in Asia-Pacific International, Political and Security Studies. These research training courses provide basic training in research desing, research methods and ethics. Course assessment tasks, including written work, class participation and oral presentations, account for 25 per cent of total assessment in the Honours program.ndamentals of Research Design in Asia-Pacific International, Political and Security StudiesFunFundamentals of Research Design in Asia-Pacific International, Political and Security Studies