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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

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

Plan

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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