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Module

POL3046 : Dissertation in Politics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lorenza Fontana
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

•       to enable students to undertake an in-depth study of a topic within politics of their choice
•       to provide students with the opportunity to engage in a major research exercise and one that, in scope and scale, significantly exceeds that of an essay or project
•       to develop students’ ability to undertake original research, the results of which they will present in a scholarly fashion
to develop other skills such as written communication, planning and initiative

Outline Of Syllabus

This module allows students to undertake a substantial piece of original research on a politics topic chosen in conjunction with their supervisor. Students will receive introductory lectures and guided learning material on the nature of the dissertation, how they should settle on a dissertation topic, and how they should organize their work on the dissertation. Each student will obtain a supervisor, who will help her/him to refine the topic and develop a research strategy. Periodic supervisory meetings will supply guidance to the student and written drafts of chapters will be commented on, provided these are submitted by the given deadlines. Students are required to submit a dissertation proposal in mid-November. They will receive guidance and advising from both their supervisor and the module leader on how to construct the proposal and, more particularly, on methodological issues relating to the dissertation.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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Timetable