Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Directed Studies

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Mediterranean Institute

DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides students with the opportunity, under the guidance of the supervisory committee in consultation with the supervisor, to work within an area that may be more directly relevant to the research leading to their dissertation while grounding the student in the fundamental holistic and interdisciplinary paradigms of the study of the Mediterranean.

It will both deepen and broaden their familiarity with specific texts in the field before moving on to the writing of their dissertation.

Students will be advised and supervised on an individual basis through regular tutorials with their supervisor. If and as appropriate, it may also be recommended that the student should attend specific lectures or seminars offered by other Departments.

Students carrying out work under the provision of this study-unit will be expected to submit an assignment of approximately 6000 words, after having attended regular tutorials with their designated tutor and any other sessions that may be recommended to them.

Study-unit Aims:

- To offer students knowledge and insights into the different skills required to write the postgraduate dissertation;
- To offer students the opportunity to form a critical understanding of the research process leading to the writing of the postgraduate dissertation;
- To make students aware of different methodological techniques in the study of the Mediterranean;
- To train students in the structure of a dissertation as a text;
- To further develop the methodological skills required in the particular dissertation project.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- demonstrate a deep understanding of the main paradigms and approaches to the study of the Mediterranean;
- demonstrate a mastery of the literature on a specific research question from a variety of approaches;
- report on the ethical challenges involved in the proposed research project.

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

- develop a detailed written analysis of a research question;
- demonstrate a capacity to address a research question from a holistic interdisciplinary approach;
- demonstrate a capacity to synthesise knowledge from a broad variety of sources.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

The appropriate reading list is developed by the student in conjunction with the supervision during the progress of the course. There are however some fundamental paradigmatic texts the student will be expected to address:

- Horden, P. & Purcell, N. (2000). The Corrupting Sea. Oxford: Blackwell;
- Cassano, F. (2012). Southern Thought and other Essays on the Mediterranean. Fordham University Press: New York;
- Braudel, F. (1972). The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II. New York: Harper;
- Herzfeld, M. (1987). Anthropology through the Looking Glass. Cambridge;
- Matvejevic, Predrag, (1999) Mediterranean: A Cultural Landscape. California: University of California Press;
- Abulafia, David, (2011) The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean (Oxford: Oxford University Press.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Seminar and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Research Paper SEM2 Yes 100%


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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.