Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Critically assess debates in a specific area of study in politics and international relations.
- Have developed a knowledge and understanding of a specific area in the study of politics and international relations.
- Identify relevant databases and sources of research material.
- Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of sources.
- Synthesise relevant academic materials from a variety of sources.
- Construct arguments that are sensitive to debates in a specific area of study in politics and international relations.
- Undertake independent learning on a specific topic in politics and international relations.
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.
|Total study time||200|
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External