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Postgraduate Course: Approaches to Research: Religious Studies (DIVI11014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will prepare students for their final dissertation project by equipping them with research methods (preparation of research proposal and resources) and supervision on skills and methods.
Course description Academic Description:
This course aims to enrich postgraduate student research experience in religious studies. It introduces students to the research culture in religious studies by highlighting the different approaches, themes and resources available. It cultivates good academic practice by providing training in theory, method, and preparing a dissertation research proposal for their final Masters dissertations.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course has different components that students choose depending on the focus of their dissertations. Compulsory sessions include resources in religious studies which highlights the various learned societies, academic databases and conferences, and training in preparing a research proposal for their Masters dissertation. Optional sessions offer a variety of theory and method, from historical, textual, cultural, anthropological and sociological approaches to fieldwork, archival, and engaging with primary texts.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has a programme of two-hour weekly meetings. Depending on the session, students will be required to prepare by reading assigned texts. Students will have the opportunity to construct a dissertation project that focuses on a topic of their interest in conversation with a lecturer. Students are required to orally present their dissertation proposal, as well as submit a written proposal both of which will be assessed. Through their participation in lectures, seminars, written work, and feedback offered, students will demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Dissertation proposal: 2,000 words (60%);
Dissertation presentation: 15 minutes (40%).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have an excellent knowledge of the research culture in religious studies, and will be able to distinguish between good and bad scholarly practice.
  2. Able to demonstrate critical engagement with the selected theory and method in religious studies and apply that to their dissertation project.
  3. Prepare and submit a coherent research proposal for their dissertation project.
  4. An ability to identify key terms and their meanings, and demonstrate good judgment about how to assess the relative importance of items on course bibliographies.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Approximately 2 hours per week in Weeks 1-4 and Week 10.
KeywordsReligious Studies; Method; Resources; Skills.
Course organiserDr Arkotong Longkumer
Tel: (0131 6)50 8781
Course secretaryDr Jessica Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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