Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dissertation

UM LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DEPARTMENT International Relations

DESCRIPTION Students will be assigned a tutor after discussion with the Head of Department and the Course Coordinator, and will be required to write a dissertation of not more than 25,000 words. The dissertation will allow students to specialize in a sub-field of humanitarian/development action. It should be an original piece of research, including theoretical and methodological considerations as well as an empirical part.

Students are not required to do an internship for this unit: however they will be encouraged to do so in order to gain experience and so as to enrich their thesis work.

Study-unit Aims

The aims of the study unit are to:

- Provide students with in-depth specialized knowledge of a subfield of humanitarian and development action.
- Make students proficient in using some of the methodological tools usually employed to analyze humanitarian action.
- Make students confident in writing a complex analysis in the field of humanitarian and development action.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Design and carry out a complex study in the field of humanitarian and development action.
- Write with expertise on the topic in which s/he has specialized.
- Write with ease on topics related to humanitarian and development action more generally.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- write complex analytical pieces of work more clearly, succinctly, and coherently.
- tackle successfully methodological, analytical, and practical problems involved in research and writing.
- defend his/her own analytical standpoints orally.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Co-Requisite Study-units

As prescribed within MA in Humanitarian Action.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Dissertation See note below Yes 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.



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