Dissertation in History (HISM400)
|Staff||Dr Tawny Paul - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||HISM016 Advanced Historical Research Skills|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks; Term 3: 11 weeks;|
This module will allow you to pursue an individual programme of research on a research topic of your choosing approved by the module co-ordinator in conjunction with your individual supervisor.
- You will identify a suitable topic for research and produce a plan for its execution
- Complete an extended review of the existing scholarship and key debates surrounding the subject-matter of the dissertation and the field(s) to which it relates
- Identify and collate original and secondary sources related to the topic of research
- Identify and apply appropriate critical and historical methodologies
- Demonstrate your ability to construct a coherent, substantiated and sophisticated argument in both clear and correct prose.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Identify a suitable topic for research, to produce a plan for its execution.
- 2. Demonstrate your ability to complete an extended review of the secondary sources and key debates surrounding both the subject-matter of the dissertation and the specialist field to which it relates.
- 3. Identify and collate information from original and secondary sources related to the topic of research.
- 4. Apply appropriate methodologies.
- 5. Demonstrate your ability to draw conclusions based on the analysis of sources gathered.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 6. Demonstrate your ability to assimilate and critically analyse primary and published sources.
- 7. Demonstrate your ability to present a clearly structured, logically argued and well written dissertation with a full scholarly apparatus.
- 8. Demonstrate your ability to complete a detailed historiographical survey investigating relevant literature and analysing the key debates within the specialist field.
- 9. Demonstrate your ability to apply key skills (archival, bibliographical, linguistic, palaeographical) where appropriate.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 10. Demonstrate the capacity to research a topic independently.
- 11. Show the ability to condense large quantities and diverse types of information into coherent argument.
Seminars on the pre-requisite, HISM169, Theory & Practice of History II, introduce students to the requirements and scope of the dissertation, including the dissertation proposal. Summer Term: Allocated dissertation supervisors provide individual tutorials giving specific advice on a research topic; a minimum 6 hours of tutorials are offered giving specific advice on the research topic and the writing up of the dissertation.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||6||Individual supervision|
|Guided independent study||594||Research and writing of dissertation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Draft chapter||5000 words||1-11||Oral and written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Dissertation||100||20,000 words||1-11||Written feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Dissertation||Dissertation||1-11||As specified by exam board|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
The dissertation is predicated on independent research agreed between student and supervisor. While somewhat dependent on research topic, this is likely to require extensive use of web-based archival and library materials as well as consultation of electronic material available online. Other resources: Theory & Practice of History module materials; online archival resources, document collections and Library collections of archival materials and published documents.
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