Module Details

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Title MASTERS DISSERTATION
Code POLI119
Coordinator Dr UA Petersohn
Politics
U.Petersohn@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 60

Aims

The dissertation gives students the opportunity to produce a lengthy piece of work (12-15,000 words, including footnotes and references) on a topic of their choice. The aim is to enhance the student's analytical and critical skills that have been developed in the rest of their Master's degree, and apply these to a research project. The dissertation need not be reliant upon new primary data, but it must demonstrate an element of originality, either in terms of its analytical approach, methods or application of theory to case studies. It is essential that the work is rigorous and coherent, and is located within the wider context of contemporary scholarship in political studies and international relations; The dissertation is an independent piece of work, but must be supervised by a member of the academic staff in the department of Politics. The supervisor is responsible for giving advice on reading, structure and presentation of dissertations. Students are expected to see th eir supervisor at least four times during the dissertation preparation and writing stages. Some of these sessions may occur within other taught modules.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To enable students to engage with a wide range of literature, research methodologies and methods to carry out a study on a topic of their choice.

(LO2) To produce a significant and robust piece of analysis in the area of international relations and/or political studies

(LO3) To enable students to understand the research process and develop their ability to manage this process in their time effectively.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing including referencing skills.


Syllabus

 

Student developed and directed.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Tutorial
Description: The dissertation is a student-directed and planned study/research project, which is conducted with the advice and support of a designated tutor/supervisor
Attendance Recorded: No


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     4

      4
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 596
TOTAL HOURS 600

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -15000 words    100       

Recommended Texts

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