Latin American Studies MRes

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 1 year   Part-time: 2 years
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: The normal requirement for entry on to a taught programme is a BA or BSc degree of 2:1 standard in a subject relevant to the proposed field of research.
Latin American Studies mres

Module details

Students study one 30-credit core module and one 30-credit research training module, culminating in a 120 credit dissertation.

Compulsory modules

Research Methods for Latin American Studies (LATI503)
Level3
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:0
Aims

To provide students with knowledge and skills in the following areas:  Interdisciplinary insight into concepts and theoretical paradigms in the humanities and social sciences, relevant to Latin American Studies. M ethods of quantitative research in the social sciences: sampling, questionnaire design, interviewing techniques, data analysis and interpretation, use and interpretation of statistics. Methods of qualitative research in the social sciences and humanities: ethnographic fieldwork, ethical issues, participatory research, collecting and analysing oral testimonies

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Research project design and implementation: the opportunity to apply methodological topics as outlined in the module aims.

(LO2) Researching sources by traditional means in libraries and archives, difficulties likely to be encountered, and ways of tackling these.

(LO3) Use of information technology as a research instrument.

(LO4) How to compile an annotated critical bibliography for research purposes.

(LO5) Presenting research results: oral presentation and essay writing skills; planning and executing the dissertation.

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

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S4) Research skills - All Information skills

(S5) Research skills - Ethical awareness

(S6) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

(S7) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

Research Project Development By Directed Study (HLAC503)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide a focus for students' knowledge of recent methodological and theoretical developments in their chosen field and facilitate their acquisition of relevant subject knowledge;

To provide a framework within which to design a feasible research project;

To arrive in a position to begin a piece of independent study, with confidence, within appropriate scholarly conventions.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The student will gain the knowledge and skills needed to design a robust research project.

(LO2) The student's academic development will benefit from exploring the topic of his/her research with an acknowledged expert in the field.

(LO3) The student will be prepared to undertake a major piece of independent research.

(LO4) The student will be prepared to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - reflective practice

(S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

(S5) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

Hlc Research Masters Dissertation (HLAC501)
LevelM
Credit level120
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide the guidance and support to allow the student to complete a major piece of independent study to a high standard;

To encourage the student to develop as a member of a scholarly research community through providing opportunitie to integrate within that community.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By completing a project successfully the student will have made a contribution to scholarly research and / or methodological development in their chosen field.

(LO2) The student will have gained a good understanding of the conventions of scholarly research in their area of study and be able to work appropriately within these conventions.

(LO3) The student will have demonstrated a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.

(LO4) The student will have demonstrated self-direction and originality in identifying and addressing problems and ability to act autonomously in planning and implementing a project to a high level of competency.

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

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

(S6) Research skills - All Information skills

(S7) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

(S8) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience

(S9) Research skills - Ethical awareness

(S10) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience