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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MSc/Dip African Studies) (PGSP11059)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryAll students will undertake a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic related to the field of African Studies to be submitted by a date specified in the University Regulations. The dissertation is a major piece of research in which a student is expected to formulate and sustain a substantive argument, based on relevant literature and field evidence. The dissertation is expected to engage critically and analytically with the literature in the field, building upon relevant concepts and theory covered in the taught element of the degree and deploying a range of secondary (and in some cases primary) sources as well as appropriate data-analysis and bibliographic skills. Fieldwork in Africa is encouraged where possible, but fieldwork can also be carried out in libraries and archives in UK and continental Europe. Students will make their first dissertation proposals during the Spring Semester and be be allocated research supervisors before the end of the Spring semester.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 15000 WORDS
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
- To test the ability of students to undertake a sustained piece of supervised but independent work within the field of African studies which displays the research skills, training and knowledge acquired in the previous coursework.
- to test the ability of students to demonstrate an ability to engage critically and analytically with the literature in the field of their specialist interest.
- to develop and test the ability of students to employ relevant social science concepts and theories in formulating a thesis.
- to examine the ability of students to manage the conduct, presentation, and timing of an independent research project, employing appropriate data-analytical and bibliographic skills.
- to encourage those students who can carry out fieldwork in Africa itself to draw upon the many individual and institutional contacts and networks of the Centre in Africa, in pursuing their fieldwork.
- to publish and disseminate, in the Centres Occasional Paper series, the completed dissertations of those students who achieve a distinction in their work
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information independent study
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Barbara Bompani
Tel: (0131 6)51 3891
Course secretaryMs Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 5066
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