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Module

SEL3377 : Dissertation in English Literature & History

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kirsten MacLeod
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

To allow students to

1. Develop an in depth study of an area that reflects their own particular interests and intellectual strengths. Students will have considerable choice and can orientate their dissertation towards written and/or visual texts.

2. Demonstrate an ability to plan, conceptualise, research and execute an extended piece of work.

3. Exercise independent thinking and refine their research skills and skills in critical thinking, writing and presentation.

4. Synthesise their subject-specific skills in a piece of independent and interdisciplinary research.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module allows students to write at length on a self-directed topic which utilises conceptual and methodological approaches from English Literature and History and is thus interdisciplinary in character.

They will be asked to identify their likely area of interest at the end of their second year and be required to produce a research plan in the first month of semester 1 of their third year. In this process they will be supported by the module leader(s) and required to attend a series of plenary lecture-workshops on independent research designed to guide them in their initial planning. They will then be be expected to work under individual supervision for remaining months of the dissertation module. In regular supervisory meetings, they will discuss the overall design of their dissertation and have the opportunity to receive oral or written feedback on plans and written feedback on up to 2500 words of draft writing. They will also have the opportunity to work with other students in seminars, culminating in an oral presentation of their research at a Dissertation Workshop.

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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