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PAIR6019 Special Paper

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Allow students to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of an area of study in an area of politics and international relations in which they have a special interest, but where there is no relevant module available that academic year • Allow students to undertake a sustained piece of independent research guided by a member of PAIR staff (or alternative) • Increase student choice of the areas of politics and international relations they are able to study

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a specific area in the study of politics and international relations
  • Undertake independent learning on a specific topic in politics and international relations.
  • Synthesise relevant academic materials from a variety of sources.
  • Identify relevant databases and sources of research material.
  • Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of sources.
  • Critically assess debates in a specific area of study in politics and international relations.
  • Construct arguments that are sensitive to debates in a specific area of study in politics and international relations.

Syllabus

The module is designed to allow students to write a long essay on a subject where PAIR staff have expertise, but where there is no relevant module available in that academic year. It extends student choice, promotes independent learning and allows detailed study of a particular area of study. Students will have a series of one-to-one tutorials with the relevant member of staff who will help the student define an essay question, identify relevant literature, discuss research findings and develop an essay plan. Students wishing to undertake this module must identify an area of research and seek permission from the MSc Coordinator (or designate) and the relevant member of staff, in line with the application process then in place. Students are not permitted to undertake their dissertation in the same area as the special paper.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: one to one tutorials Learning activities include: Reading and research using traditional and new technologies in preparation for one-to-one tutorials and assessment. Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes. The one-to-one tutorials provide the occasion for students to develop their understanding of an area of study within politics and international relations.

TypeHours
Independent Study200
Total study time200

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (6000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s)  (6000 words) 100%

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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