The Celt: Dissertation
Run by School of Arts, Culture and Language
60.000 Credits or 30.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Aled Llion Jones
Overall aims and purpose
The Dissertation is one of the core modules of the MA: The Celts course and students will write a 20,000 word dissertation. The topic will depend on the individual programme of each student and will expand on the foundations set in the three prerequisite modules. The main emphasis will be on working independently and tutorials will provide assistance to choose and define a particular topic, suggestions about relevant sources, guidance regarding structuring the discussion, advice regarding setting out materials, and feedback relating to draft versions of the work. It is possible that e-mail correspondence will replace face to face meetings, if this is perceived a better arrangement by the student and tutor.
The module is taught by means of a series of tutorials (face to face meetings between the student and the tutor), which are usually arranged at the request of the student, and sometimes at the request of the tutor. Students will liaise with their tutors to see if there will be periods when neither is available (during the summer). The first meetings will be used to discuss ideas, resources and methodologies, and students will also receive training in research skills, to prepare them thoroughly for the formal work of planning and producing an extended research essay in the field in question (this is done taking advantage of the subject-specific provision in the relevant School(s). At later meetings drafts of the essay itself will be discussed. Discussions via e-mail can also take place occasionally if it is mutually agreed that this is the most effective way of working. The number of tutorials will vary according to the circumstances of individual students; ten are recommended, but this is not necessarily the maximum. Students can research any fields which are relevant to ‘The Celts’ and the work will be supervised by a tutor with appropriate expertise in the chosen field.
Shows ability to work independently and write critically; able to summarise relevant scholarship in a particular field; able to identify the most obvious counter arguments to the argument mooted; most of the sources noted accurately; able to present a viewpoint and argue clearly and shows ability to structure an extended and specialized discussion and plan it in a coherent manner showing a grasp of the discipline’s technical terminology and vocabulary. Able to write Welsh/English which is mostly correct.
Shows good ability to work independently and write critically; succeeds in presenting a personal, independent and balanced opinion, although not always examining or realising its significance; shows a critical understanding of relevant scholarship in a particular field; presents a viewpoint and argues clearly and coherently. Shows a good understanding of the discipline’s terminology and vocabulary and a good grasp on the syntax of the Welsh/English language.
Shows an excellent ability to work independently and write critically; work of a standard which could (with minor changes) be published in a relevant specialist journal; shows critical understanding of relevant scholarship and conveys a mature and revealing opinion in the context of that scholarship. Presents and develops an extended argument clearly, logically and coherently; show a developed ability to organise data in the form of notes and bibliographies; shows a firm grasp of the discipline’s technical terminology and vocabulary; show a firm grasp of the syntax of the Welsh/English language.
Able to read primary texts critically, regarding their content and context (and their format, where relevant), and using the evidence gleaned from them to support and develop a cogent argument.
Understand concepts and methods currently used in the chosen field.
Able to use a methodology or methodologies which is/are appropriate to the topic(s) in question, and apply it/them accurately.
Able to frame hypotheses skilfully, and evaluate them bearing in mind counter arguments and contrary evidence.
Able to structure a complex argument in essay form, using and incorporating a range of primary and secondary evidence convincingly and accurately.
Able to write an academic essay in accordance with the formal conventions of the field in question.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Consulting with the tutor. It is anticipated that the student will meet with the tutor ten times for hour long consultation. It is possible that up to fifteen meetings will be held.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Resource implications for students
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- Q5AQ: MA The Celts year 1 (MA/CEL)