POLSC390-21A (HAM)

Directed Study

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Political Science and Public Policy

Staff

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

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: frances.douch@waikato.ac.nz

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: melanie.chivers@waikato.ac.nz

You can contact staff by:

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Paper Description

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This paper consists of a programme of individual research under the supervision of a staff member from the Political Science and Public Policy Programme. It provides an opportunity for students to pursue a specific research interest in political science, public policy, international relations or security studies.
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Paper Structure

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The process of enrolling in the paper involves developing a research proposal in consultation with a staff member of the Political Science and Public Policy Programme. A proposal should include a:

  • Title of the study.
  • Brief outline of the topic or research question and the literature, field or discipline/s on which the study draws.
  • Statement about the significance of the proposed study.
  • Brief description of the proposed methodology,
  • Outline of any relevant ethical issues, questions, or problems.
  • Timeframe for the research.
  • A short bibliography.

Once the proposal is approved and the enrolment confirmed, the student will carry out the study under the supervision of the staff member

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Understand the process of proposal writing
    Students undertaking a POLSC390 will develop skills in writing a research proposal, including developing a research question, considering ethical implications, and constructing a plan for completing the proposed research within the available timeframe.
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  • Carry out a literature review
    Students will develop skills in surveying and reviewing academic and other literature related to their research topic
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  • Work independently in carrying out research
    Students will develop skills in conducting detailed, focused research in political science, public policy, international relations or
    security studies.
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  • Think critically and write accurately
    Students will develop the ability to think critically and write accurately and cogently.
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Assessment

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The specification of the assessment requirements for a POLSC390 are to be included in the research proposal, and will be developed in conjunction with and approved by the supervisor. The assessment may comprise one piece of work, or a number of smaller assessments (e.g. book reviews, annotated bibliographies, etc). The written work should amount to between 5,000 ­ 6,000 words.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assessments as agreed between student and supervisor
4 Jun 2021
12:00 AM
100
  • Email: Lecturer
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Required readings may be established in agreement between the student and the supervisor.
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Online Support

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As a POLSC390 is an individual project conducted under supervision, the utilisation of online support will vary from student to student.
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Workload

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This paper is worth 15 points. For a 12-­week semester, students are expected to devote 25% of a full-­time workload to each paper, i.e., 10 hours per week throughout the entire semester. For T and S semesters, this doubles to 20 hours per week. Students are expected to manage their workload to allow for this to be undertaken in a timely fashion.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: POLS390

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