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PHIL3013 Philosophy 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

Module Aims

To allow you to pursue, with appropriate supervision, an independent research project in philosophy.

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
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
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.

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, a draft chapter, and a two page dissertation plan 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 four stages of assessment. (1) A 1500 word written response to a structured, directive question supplied by us. Deadline c. week 4 of semester 1. (15% of double module mark.) (2) A draft chapter, maximum 2000 words. Deadline c. week 8 of semester 1. (Marked pass/fail; 5 mark penalty for non-submission or fail.) (3) A dissertation plan, around two A4 pages with no more than 1.5 spacing. Deadline c. week 12 of semester 1. (Marked pass/fail; 5 mark penalty for non-submission or fail.) Students must hand in their research ethics form with the dissertation plan. (4) Final dissertation, maximum 8000 words. Deadline c. week 10 of semester 2. (85% of double module mark.) Your final dissertation can, but need not, incorporate the 1500 words under (1) and/or the 2000 words under (2), or a revision of them. Formative assessment includes: feedback from the supervisor on your structured question, your draft chapter, your dissertation plan and - should you choose to submit one - your dissertation draft.

Formative

Draft piece

Summative

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

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (8000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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