BSocSc Politics and International Relations / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
A topic of a student's own choosing that is related to her/his final year politics course units or, when there is no relevant final year course unit, to one of her/his second or first year politics course units.
The experience of undertaking a dissertation forms a core element of politics provision. In undertaking a dissertation, a student has the opportunity to develop independence while investigating in depth a topic that interests the student. In order to ensure that a student has an adequate foundation for heer/his independent project, the dissertation must be related to one of a student's final year politics (GV) course units or, when there is not a relevant 3rd year course unit, to a politics (GV) course unit taken in either the 1st or 2nd year. Dissertations teach students how to define a researchable problem, to decide upon appropriate sources, and to develop a sustained argument. In addition, dissertations reinforce and extend analytical skills, while also enabling students to learn how to use the scholarly techniques of constructing a bibliography and a framework of footnotes.
Objectives: A student will:- (1) study a chosen topic in depth; (2) learn to define a researchable problem; (3) learn to decide upon appropriate sources; (4) learn to use a scholarly apparatus of footnotes and bibliography; (5) learn to develop a sustained argument; (6) enhance analytic skills; and (7) develop intellectual independence.
Teaching and learning methods
4 compulsory dissertation meetings in 1st semester and individual supervision.
12-15000 word Dissertation
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|David Richards||Unit coordinator|
Length of course: 23 weeks
POLI30300 is available only to Honours students on the following degree programmes:
BSocSc Politics and International Relations
Politics and Modern History
Philosophy and Politics
BA (Economic and Social Studies) with a single specialisation in politics
POLI30300 is NOT available to students who are permanently off Honours and also is NOT available to Phil/Pol and BA (Econ) students who are allowed to carry extra credits in an attempt to regain Honours.
A student may NOT register for both POLI30300 and POLI30380.