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PHIL3013 Dissertation

Module Overview

Students taking this module undertake research on a philosophical topic of their choice (subject to approval by the Department), and write a dissertation of 8,000 words on that topic.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • of your chosen dissertation topic
  • demonstrate an awareness of the place of your topic in philosophy considered more broadly
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify and research a topic using a variety of bibliographic aids
  • Undertake, with adequate supervision, independent work, including identifying and using appropriate resources.
  • work effectively to deadlines.
  • demonstrate skills in document preparation incluing the use of footnotes and the creation of bibliographies all through the production of a dissertation that develops a clear and structured argument, appropriately supported by references
  • take notes from talks and written materials.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate philosophical discrimination in selecting a topic and material for discussion

Syllabus

Students taking this module undertake research on a philosophical topic of their choice (subject to approval by the Department), and write a dissertation of 8,000 words on that topic. Each student will also write a 1500 response to a structured question and a two page research proposal in Semester 1.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: group discussion meetings, and individual consultation with your dissertation supervisor. Learning activities include: Identifying, with guidance from your supervisor, a suitable research topic; Identifying (with guidance from your supervisor), studying and reflecting upon relevant philosophical sources; reflecting upon and responding to written and oral feedback from your supervisor; applying techniques and skills learnt to your reading and writing inside and outside the unit

TypeHours
Independent Study300
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Blackboard. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Your final mark for the dissertation will be based on three stages of assessment (1) A 1500 word written response to a structured, directive question supplied by us. (15% of double module mark.) The question will be given to students after topics have been allocated, at the end of Year 2, enabling them to work on this over the summer. The deadline for submitting the response is 4pm Thursday of week 5 of Semester 1. (2) A research proposal, around two A4 pages with no more than 1.5 spacing. (Subject to 5% penalty). Students must hand in their research ethics form with the research proposal. The research proposal will be marked as pass/ fail. Failure to pass will result in a deduction of 5% from the final double module mark. The deadline for submitting the research proposal is 4pm on Thursday of week 9 of Semester 1. (3) Final dissertation, 8000 words (85% of double module mark) Your final dissertation can, but need not, incorporate the 1500 words under (1), or a revision of them. The deadline for submitting the dissertation is 4pm on Tuesday of week 10 of Semester 2. Formative assessment includes: feedback from the supervisor on your structured question, your research proposal and - should you choose to submit one - your dissertation draft.

Formative

Proposal

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (1500 words) 15%
Dissertation  (8000 words) 85%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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