Research Project 2023-24
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 1 & 2
This module involves the production of an extended piece of critical writing of a length and quality appropriate to the culmination of the undergraduate degree scheme. Drawing on knowledge and critical methodologies learned earlier in the degree, students are assisted via workshops and individual supervisions in devising, refining, developing and presenting a substantial piece of critical work on a topic of their choosing. The series of introductory lectures and workshops focus on how to develop the initial research idea into a workable project presented in appropriate scholarly form.
This module is a period of supervised research culminating in the submission of a 8000 word dissertation. There will be a series of 12 workshops during the two semesters to prepare the students with research skills and support in reporting on the results of a major research project.
-threshold --D Submitted work is adequate and shows an acceptable level of competence as follows: - Generally accurate but with omissions and errors. - Assertions are made without clear supporting evidence or reasoning. - Has structure but is lacking in clarity and therefore relies on the reader to make links and assumptions. - Draws on a relatively narrow range of material.
-good --BSubmitted work is competent throughout and distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates: - Very good structure and logically developed arguments. - Draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. - Assertions are backed by evidence and sound reasoning.
-excellent --ASubmitted work is of an outstanding quality and excellent in one or more of the following ways: - Has originality of exposition with the student's own thinking being readily apparent. - Provides clear evidence of extensive and relevant independent study. - Arguments are laid down with clarity and provide the reader with successive stages of consideration to reach conclusions.
-another level-Submitted work is competent throughout and occasionally distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates: - Good structure and logically developed arguments. - At least in parts draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. - Assertions are, in the main, backed by evidence and sound reasoning. - Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.
- Apply a range of study skills and methodologies appropriate to research in the Arts and Humanities.
- Define a coherent research question, and design and implement a programme of study to investigate this question.
- Producing a sustained argument relating to multiple relevant societal and cultural contexts.
- Work independently to deadline over a sustained period of time.
Students will submit their final-year project, which may take the shape of an extended piece of critical writing (8,000 words) or another appropriate format (such as a podcast, a blog or vlog) as agreed with the module organiser. If students choose an alternative format, their project will be accompanied by a reflection (2000 words) and literature review (2000 words), outlining the approach to the topic and research.
Students will complete proposal, outlining the chosen format for their final-year project, the underpinning research questions, the topic and chosen primary texts, the intended methodology, the provisional structure, and a list of key secondary sources