DISSERTATION - 2017/8

Module code: POLM010

Module provider

Politics

Module Leader

EXADAKTYLOS T Dr (Politics)

Number of Credits

60

ECT Credits

30

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

L200

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK (10000 – 15000 WORDS) 100%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A pass in the PG Diploma assessments with a 50% or higher mark. Introduction to Research (POLM009) and Research in Practice (POLM011)

Module overview

The dissertation is an extended piece of writing (10,000-15,000 words) which allows the student to work on a topic independently in depth with appropriate guidance from a supervisor. It enables students to specialise in an aspect of the taught programme which is of particular interest and to synthesise the skills and knowledge which they have acquired.

Module aims

Explore and develop a research project relating to the course of study and turn it into an extended piece of writing, which demonstrates the student's ability to collect, synthesise, interpret and present that research.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Critical awareness of contemporary theoretical and methodological debates in the study of the specified area of politics
Understanding and application of techniques of research and enquiry for data collection, management and analysis (qualitative or quantitative)
Carry out independent research under the supervision of academic staff, engage with constructive feedback and organize workload to meet deadlines.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The dissertation is a piece of academic research on a well-specified research question relating to a research area covered by the programme. The work may be of a theoretical or empirical nature (quantitative or qualitative), clearly demonstrating contribution to ongoing debates in the relevant field, and must be written in English. Students will attend regular meetings with their supervisor, to identify their research topic, map out their outline and plan of work, and receive feedback for each stage of their dissertation. Dissertation meetings will take place in regular intervals during the Autumn and Spring semesters. Students notify the Programme Director of their provisional topic by the end of October, submit an outline by December, a literature review draft by February, and seek additional guidance from the Director throughout the year, as necessary.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

This is an independent research project led by the student under supervision by a member of staff.

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enhance independent study; develop project and time management skills; explore research areas related to the degree pathway; enhance and specialise knowledge of a research topic.

The learning and teaching methods include:

One to one supervision in coordination with the supervisor; additional seminars built in POLM009 and POLM011; additional engagement with library staff in the classroom.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Ability to organize a research project
Ability to write an extended piece of work
Ability to collect, synthesize, interpret and present evidence or data on a specific research question
Ability to independently research a topic under supervision

Reading list

Reading list for DISSERTATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/polm010

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.