HSS401 Humanities and Social Science Honours Project/Dissertation (32)

This is a research subject in which the student writes a dissertation on a topic approved by an appointed supervisor, showing awareness of scholarly debate and involving critical analysis of relevant materials in at least one of the Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines. The dissertation should demonstrate the student's capacity to assemble material, argue a case at an advanced level, and demonstrate critical thinking and interpretive judgement in developing new understanding in their field. The dissertation is written over two sessions and is to be a minimum of 15,000 words in length.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSS401. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced critical understanding of at least one discipline within the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • be able to develop an appropriate bibliography
  • be able to plan and execute a substantial scholarly research project with clarity and independence
  • be able to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas in their chosen area of research
  • be able to demonstrate critical thinking and interpretive judgement in developing new understanding in their field of study
  • be able to demonstrate advanced competence in research methods appropriate to their chosen topic
  • be able to apply advanced communication skills to transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others.
  • be able to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Having selected the topic, students will be guided by the supervisor.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.