60 credits at level HE7
The aim of this double-module is to allow you to research in-depth a topic of your choice, as long as it seen as acceptable by the course team. That is, you must be able to demonstrate its relevance to an MA on Children’s Literature & Culture; you must also be able to articulate a thesis, or argument, that you intend to pursue; finally, you must have undertaken some preliminary reading, showing what texts and critical materials form the basis of your research. As this is a text-based course, students are not expected to undertake any empirical studies. However, empirical/ ethnographic work will have been discussed in earlier modules, so any student with an appropriate academic background, or who can demonstrate their competence in terms of an acceptable written proposal, can negotiate a research project of this nature.
The dissertation represents the culmination of the course, a major piece of extended reflection, research and writing, in which the student, with guidance, takes overall responsibility for the direction and realisation of their ideas.
Negotiate a dissertation topic with a supervisor and/ or programme leader
Plan, research and structure a coherent and articulate dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.
Demonstrate ability to engage in independent research and study, albeit under the guidance of a supervisor.
The groundwork for this module will already have been prepared, giving students a chance to show their ability to work on their own ideas, to develop their own area of research. You will be guided in this by a supervisor, however, who you should meet regularly, to ensure that things are progressing satisfactorily.
Apart from this formative feedback, the module is summatively assessed by a dissertation of between 12,000 - 15,000 words (excluding bibliography, notes and appendices).
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||be able to identify and explore a viable research topic using appropriate strategies, which will involve coming to terms with the relevant critical literature||document your exploration of a viable research topic|
|2.||be able to undertake a literature search using relevant catalogues, bibliographies and databases, and to become au fait with this body of literature.||exhibit knowledge and understanding of the debates and issues around a particular topic (the primary texts, critical materials, appropriate theoretical concepts)|
|3.||be able to discuss and justify a specific approach to a given topic.||demonstrate skills of argument, rhetoric, ordering and structuring of materials, combining textual analysis with commentary and evaluation of secondary material as necessary|
|4.||be able to communicate effectively in writing at postgraduate level||demonstrate an ability to write articulately, with clarity and precision, using appropriate word processing skills; to reference, compile a bibliography and observe other scholarly conventions (suitable register, tone, organisation of material).|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Research, formulate, and write a dissertation of between12,000-15,000|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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