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Thesis binding [Aug. 24th, 2007|09:38 pm]


I know this group is really quiet, but if anyone could offer advice on this issue I'd be really grateful.

My thesis is due next Friday, and I'm trying to decide where to get it printed and bound. Around the uni there are four printing services (that I know of): Kopy Stop on Mountain street (near Broadway), Kinko's Broadway, Officeworks Glebe, and the University Copy Centre.

Anyone had particularly good or bad experiences with these places? Any recommendations?

Any advice on formatting, binding, etc. would be totally welcome too.

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Scholarships [Apr. 20th, 2007|09:57 pm]

Hi everyone!

This June I am completing my Diploma in Russian university. After that I am going to apply to the postgraduate research position in the University of Sydney. As it seems to me, the best route is to apply to the Endeavour International Postgraduate Award.

Does anyone have experience in applying for scholarships (especially EIPRS) for postgraduate study? I am interested in any information you can share (impressions, details and outcomes).

Thanks in advance.
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new community [Nov. 24th, 2006|03:12 am]


Name: Know your rights...and be empowered in Queensland/
Location: Australia
About: Too often we act on information that others give us without knowing our rights. this can lead to bad choices and outcomes..this is a place where people can share their experiences and knowledge to help others in similar situations.

JOIN GUYS and help others!
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research proposal and methodology [Oct. 9th, 2006|07:19 pm]

Hi Guys,
I have never done a research project before and was wanting some help on how to write a proposal/ methodology.
I have a vague idea of what i would like to focus on - that is whether planning in queensland actually attempts to fulfil social obligations - does that sound ok. and would my methodology just be literatire reviews? any ideas would help thanks
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following the recent trend [Sep. 5th, 2006|12:09 pm]

[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

My MPhil is on the broad subject of Religion and Popular Culture, but more directly on the computer game Age of Mythology and the way in which is portrays the pre-Christian deities/religions of the cultures it allows you to play.

The issues that I want examine in relation to this are:
* How it effects people's understanding of pre-Christian religion and their beliefs. People learning about the past through popular culture and that sort of thing.
* The way in which pre-Christian religious beliefs and myths are essentially viewed as a subsection of fantasy literature. Myth as Fantasy and Fantasy as Myth. This issue also looks at the theories on myths and mythology.
* Personal spirituality. This gets into the way in which popular culture is influencing people's religious beliefs, concepts like Jediism and such are the most well known, but more basic things like the game portrays Loki as one of the major deities of the Norse when there is in fact no historical evidence of him being worshipped. That example also ties in with the first issue.

I don't know how much of these issues I will be covering, it may end up just being the first one due to word limit and such, but I am hoping to continue this sort of discussion of Religion and Popular Culture into my PhD, most likely looking at Stargate SG-1 and other television series, as well as comics and other forms of contemporary media.

Anyway I need to get back to writing.
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Rare upbeat post [Sep. 2nd, 2006|12:33 pm]

[Current Mood |optimisticoptimistic]

Hot on the heels of globalthought, I'm making a post about my thesis. I thought I might hold off until I needed some advice, or had something to actually say, but I might as well announce it now cos it's groovy and I love it.

I've started Honours in Sociology this semester, and my thesis topic is the Cronulla riots. I'm going to focus on whiteness, privilege, and multiculturalism in the current political climate. I've been reading a lot of Ghassan Hage and Australian cultural studies stuff on race relations, and it's excellent. The thesis has to be 15-20 thousand words long, and we're expected to do field research as part of our project. I'm probably going to interview people from the area, since I know a few people who say they have contacts who were there. It's all due on June 30 next year, so I have a bit of time.

My thesis supervisor is Dr. Catriona Elder, who specialises in reconciliation and indigenous issues, and is an editor of the borderlands e-journal. I haven't seen her in a while, though, which is kinda worrisome.

Since I'm starting Honours in second semester, I'm not going through with a cohort of other Honours students to discuss and share ideas with. So I've started a mailing list for interested friends and acquaintances to discuss the topic.

Unique for my undergraduate career, I'm really motivated at the moment, because I have such an awesome topic. Hope it holds.

So, hello all you other thesis-writers! Hope you're doing good.
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Is this group still alive? [Sep. 1st, 2006|12:05 pm]
Because I think it's a great idea. I post my PhD news to my blog, but it doesn't always get the same results as it woudl in an all-academic audience. Besides, a doctoral thesis is still a thesis, right?

Anyways, I want to squee a bit. I named my thesis the other day (and posted it to my blog, and got good comments, but I want to share!), and it's re-focussed my work liek a crazy thing.

So here it is:

Rediscovering a Transnational Australian Antiwar Movement, 1959-1972

Whaddaya think?

(PS anyone who saw it on my journal, yes I have changed 'Peace' to 'Antiwar' because that one word change lets me ignore a bunch of stuff I can't really deal with in 100,000 words)
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History results [Nov. 23rd, 2005|06:48 pm]

Does anyone have any idea when History results come out?
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(no subject) [Jul. 27th, 2005|07:03 pm]

Was anyone else here doing Violence in History as their General Seminar? Nick just mailed me my essay mark and comments, and although the comments are very critical, I still recieved 81. With these comments I would have expected something closer to 65 - are the marks inflated because of honours, or is Nick just big on constructive criticism?
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Coming into the home stretch... [Jul. 22nd, 2005|02:33 pm]

Hi. Remember me?

My thesis is going, very very slowly. I've got about 1000 words written, but I'm really in the last leg of it (less than three weeks to go) and I'm starting to get into it.

My essay-writing approach is vastly different to a lot of people's, and it's pretty much to make notes, read things here and there, talk about my topic at great length to anyone who'll sit still for long enough, and eventually, to actually sit down and let it all flow out. This has been okay, though - I've been looking at the few small drafts and explainations I've made over the months, and it's been interesting to see how much my ideas and structure have evolved. The differences between the first skeleton structure I made and the ones I'm working with now are enormous.

It's interesting, because all those early ones are similar to how I write actual essays, so I'm pleased that my work is improving and becoming more sophisticated. I'm literally tearing my hair out with stress at the moment, and my sanity is a brief and fleeting thing, but I do actually feel relatively pleased with my ideas, which is the main point, isn't it?

Now, I have to crank out 1000 words before the library closes.
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