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Postgraduate Course: Research Skills and Methods in Celtic and Scottish Studies (CELT11052)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaCeltic Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course introduces students to the sources, methodologies and core skills involved in research in Celtic and Scottish Studies. It is also intended to assist them with the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study by examining topics such as advanced critical thinking, research design and publishing. Students gain familiarity with the University┐s extensive range of material and digital archives ┐ including those of neighbouring institutions (such as the National Library of Scotland and National Records of Scotland) ┐ in addition to special collections, unpublished theses and manuscripts, and a variety of key monographs and journals. The course is delivered via a series of seminars and workshops covering the specifics of working in Celtic and Scottish Studies, as well as touching upon the potential for different types of interdisciplinary research. By the end of the course, students will be capable of producing a full scholarly literature review and bibliography, and be competent in managing and presenting their research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 88, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 84 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will:

* gain experience of acquiring, systematising and integrating a variety of scholarly sources
* become aware of common issues in Celtic and Scottish Studies research (e.g. the advantages and disadvantages of oral versus written sources, the need for linguistic awareness when working in translation and the role of archives)
* prepare themselves to conduct theoretically and methodologically sound research in Celtic and Scottish Studies
* develop critical thinking skills
* learn to manage issues relating to copyright, confidentiality and data protection
* acquire effective presentation and summarising skills
Assessment Information
Literature review and bibliography (85%): 4000 words
Oral presentation (15%): 15 min
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1 Introduction: critical thinking and research design
2 Referencing, bibliographies and the MHRA style
3 Key printed sources in Celtic and Scottish Studies
4 Working with electronic and material archives
5 Working with manuscripts
6 Quantitative methods in Celtic and Scottish Studies
7 Fieldwork methodology
8 Focussing and staging your research
9 Ethics and copyright
10 Oral presentations
11 Bringing it all together: writing your dissertation
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list ARMBRUSTER & LAERKE (eds). 2008. Taking Sides: Ethics, Politics and Fieldwork in Anthropology, Berghahn Books.

FEINSTEIN, C. & THOMAS, M. 2002. Making History Count: A Primer in Quantitative Methods for Historians, Cambridge University Press.

HUDSON, P. 2000. History by Numbers: An Introduction to Quantitative Approaches, Bloomsbury.

PUNCH, M. 1986. The Politics and Ethics of Fieldwork, SAGE publications.

RIDLEY, D. 2012. The Literature Review: A Step-by-Step Guide for Students, SAGE Publications.

OLIVER, P. 2010. Understanding the Research Process, SAGE Publications.

PEARS, R. & SHIELDS, G. 2013. Cite Them Right: The Essential Referencing Guide, Palgrave Macmillan.

WALLACE, M. & WRAY, A. 2011. Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates, SAGE Publications.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern One two-hour seminar or workshop per week
Course organiserDr Neill Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1981
Course secretaryMs Christine Lennie
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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