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History Honours IV [Jul. 12th, 2005|01:47 am]
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juliadactyl
History honours students - have any of you received your marks for first semester yet?

(cross-posted to sydney_uni
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Getting into gear [May. 14th, 2005|04:55 pm]
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furpants_tom
Ok, I'm finally putting words on paper, doing introductions and outlines for each of my three chapters. This is the part of the process, as I understand it, where I let the reader know what the following gibberish is theoretically in aid of, and what evidence I'll be misrepresenting in justification.
I'm wondering, though, is a 1000 word introduction big enough to be chapter 1? (not that I've written it yet, mind) If not, do I just title it Introduction, and treat it like chapter 0 in terms of formatting?
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What about old theses? [May. 11th, 2005|10:31 am]
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boots262
I've been reading your posts on your various theses with interest. I completed my thesis at USyd last year, and am thinking of a PhD next year. The year off has been, frankly, hell thus far, with no money and a horrible breakup in the middle. Thus, I am trying very hard to pretend I'm still at uni.

But I digress. My thesis was called "Playing War: Computer Games as Historical Text". My supervisor was the always awesome Dr. Stephen Robertson. I mainly followed links into this group from furpants_tom and juliadactyl's journals, but reading the various thesis-y posts is interesting.

By the sounds of things you're all doing just right for an August hand-in date. Keep up the good work!
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Waaah! [May. 3rd, 2005|12:00 am]
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juliadactyl
So, my thesis is due in just over three months, and I haven't written a single word. Sure, I've done some research and planning, but not a single word.

*freaks out*

My course work is starting to come and kick me in the bum, too. I'm finding one of my classes particularly difficult, mostly because there are a couple of people who constantly thesis-drop, and talk about how much work they've done. It makes me want to throttle them. They're also the kind of people who really like talking about history from a theoretic, analytical point of view and they use big words and basically make me feel inadequate.

I think that tomorrow after my class I might go to the library and read back issues of Rolling Stone (no really, it's research).

Other history kids, how are you doing? Is the August deadline scaring you, too?
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(no subject) [Mar. 16th, 2005|02:46 pm]
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liadlaith
[Current Mood |sleepyin love]
[Current Music |Fisher airconditioning]

So I told hecticred, alas, but I must go to the library, for my thesis is calling me. And she said, "your thesis is your boyfriend, and you've been treating him very badly." And I replied that if he is my boyfriend, he needs a name. So we asked eledhwen_20, and she said, in her infinite wisdom, "Percy."

I have a boyfriend, his name is Percy, and we have intellectual!sex in the library.

Do your theses have names?
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(no subject) [Mar. 14th, 2005|11:00 pm]
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liadlaith
*Poke*

This place is kinda dead, innit?

How's everyone going? I haven't done a goddamn thing. It's great. I'm going to fail miserably. Everyone tell me about all the work you've been doing and inspire me to get working. Or, you know, tell me about all the stuff you haven't been doing and make me feel better. Whichever works for you : )
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Belated intro post [Mar. 3rd, 2005|02:30 pm]
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whirlygig
I'm Heather. I'm doing Honours in Gender and Cultural Studies this year. I've commented a few times, but I haven't posted this before, because shortly after juliadactyl referred me, my computer broke down. It's an ongoing saga.

When I applied, I planned to write about the ways in which people define their identity through the books they buy, display and read. I planned to analyse people's shopping/reading habits using Bourdieu's theories of cultural and sub-cultural capital. I borrowed Bourdieu's Distinction, and it's sat on my living room floor for about a month, now. Guilt has well and truly set in.

However, I've pretty much decided I'm changing my topic. I'm going to write about the new wave of knitting, and its relationship to feminist and simplicity/authenticity movements. I'm a bit ashamed of the change, since it's mostly because I'm completely obsessed with knitting. Really, though, there are lots more ways to research this topic, and there are actually obvious gender elements at play. And I suppose I've been doing research for this one, by buying and reading lots of knitting books. That counts, right? Right? I hope I can convince my supervisor.

Before last year, I'd been planning to do my honours in English, probably writing about Pride and Prejudice fanfic, possibly just on the off-chance that I'd get Will Christie as my supervisor.
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(no subject) [Mar. 2nd, 2005|07:44 pm]
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diremeerkat
[Current Mood |stressedfreaking out utterly]

Oh god, I feel like I'm way in over my head here, especially since there's all this other shit going on in my life (planning my wedding, and trying to sort out fucked up family issues are examples....), that I feel totally overwhelmed about the amount of reading etc I'm supposed to be doing.

*is really stressed*
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I DON'T BELIEVE IT! [Mar. 1st, 2005|10:58 am]
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katels
"A problem shared is a problem halved" ~ My Mom

More later.
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I'm so scared. [Feb. 28th, 2005|01:39 pm]
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katels
[Current Mood |scaredshit-scared]

I am becoming increasingly frightened that FT Honours may be beyond me, both intellectually and in terms of the time restriction I have placed on myself by procrastinating so much these past two months.

Should PT be a viable option, I would choose to do the course-work this year (I really like the sound of my seminars, and the selection changes from year to year) and the thesis next year (I don't know if I have the concentration and interest levels required at this point in time).

But how would I tell my parents??
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