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TITLE Dissertation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Arts

DESCRIPTION The study-unit is based on an intensive programme of reading and written work which is related to the student's specific field of research. It is conducted on an individual basis. Tutorials will be held every fortnight to discuss at length the material which the student is researching and writing on. The candidate will be expected to write a research dissertation of 25,000 words with a value of 30 ECTS credits on the topic under investigation.

Study-unit Aims:

- To give the candidate the opportunity to explore in depth the subject/ theme under investigation;
- To test the candidate's ability to undertake guided research in a chosen (and approved) field of study;
- To give the candidate the opportunity to show originality and research potential in a particular field of study related to the interdisciplinary field of canonicity and popular culture.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the broader field of Comparative Literature;
- Apply a wide range of theoretical and critical approaches to the subject/theme under investigation;
- Apply a variety of research techniques to the topic being researched;
- Formally articulate in writing the research results in a coherent and systematic fashion.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical skills in the analysis of a broad range of texts in more than one language;
- Discuss complex critical issues in a coherent and convincing manner;
- Present both in writing and orally the research results;
- Apply his or her refined expressive potential to related fields within the Humanities.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

The aim of the dissertation is to give student the opportunity to conduct individualized research under the supervision of a specialist in the field. The readings will therefore be determined by the subject or theme under investigation and a reading list will be provided.

ADDITIONAL NOTES **Resit Availability: Students who fail to obtain an overall pass mark will be re-examined in the Dissertation. However, the resit availability for the Oral Examination is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Dissertation & Oral Examination (See Additional Notes) ** 100%


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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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