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ECON492 Dissertation for Philosophy, Politics and Economics

A research dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words. Cross-disciplinary dissertation topics are encouraged.

The aim of the dissertation is for students to gain experience in undertaking research. This experience includes: planning a significant research project; bringing relevant theory and/or data and/or quantitative techniques to bear on a carefully specified problem; working largely independently (with a supervisor); and presenting the results of the research in a clear and well-organised fashion, both in seminars and the dissertation itself.

Paper title Dissertation for Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Paper code ECON492
Subject Economics
EFTS 0.5
Points 60 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,491.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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ECON 371 or ECON 375 or ECON 376
ECON 480, ECON 485, ECON 490, ECON 495
Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts
Teaching staff

To be advised. Please contact the department for more information.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the dissertation should:

  1. Be able to design and undertake supervised academic research and apply higher-order problem-solving skills
  2. Have developed a depth of knowledge in a specific field of research
  3. Have the ability to think logically, analytically and critically, particularly with respect to the academic literature
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate research methodologies
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues and have the ability to deal with these issues appropriately in the course of research
  6. Have a high standard of written communication skills

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system