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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : History

Undergraduate Course: Year Abroad Work for Degrees in Languages and History (CHCA10004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Course typeYear Abroad AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryDuring their third year abroad while studying for these combined degrees, students carry out guided reading under the supervision of a member of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and write an essay on a historical theme which makes use of the language that they are studying.
Course description The year abroad essay (worth 40 credit points) is the only piece of work that students are expected to do in their third year for History. It gives students the opportunity to develop their own research project or discuss historiography on a subject that interests them in the place where they are working or studying, and is of their own choosing. It will help them develop the organizational and analytical skills that they have attained in the previous two years of study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 387 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay of 6000-8000 words. The essay is the sole component of assessment. Assessment is carried over to the fourth year in line with the standard practice for modern language degree programmes.
Feedback Students correspond with their essay supervisor whilst abroad to discuss progress and receive feedback. Written feedback on the final submitted essay is made available to students after the Exam Boards.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  4. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information As indicated below, the Year Abroad Work is based on guided reading. Supervisors and students have contact via email and telephone to discuss the various stages of the essay.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr David Silkenat
Tel: (0131 6)50 4614
Course secretaryMiss Cat Andrade
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780
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