Postgraduate Course: Approaches to Research: Religious Studies (DIVI11014)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will prepare students for their final dissertation by addressing the various stages and considerations necessary to the planning of a research project, including reflections on sources, methods, and theoretical frameworks.
This course will prepare students on the MSc in Religious Studies for their final dissertation by addressing the various stages and considerations necessary to the planning of a research project, including reflections on sources, methods, and theoretical frameworks. The focus is on the students┐ ability to apply their understanding to their own chosen project, and by the end of the course students will have created a well-defined dissertation proposal.
The course will provide full preparation for embarking on the dissertation component of the MSc, including: guidance on resources in the field, how to choose a suitable topic and refine the focus, how to deliver an oral proposal, how to write a research proposal, and the various skills required for researching and planning such a major project. The course culminates with each student delivering an oral presentation (assessed) of their proposal, and submitting a written version of their proposal.
Student Learning Experience Information:
The course is taught by means of five classes spread through semester two. Four of these are in the first four weeks of the semester, and address general considerations of sources, evidence, theories, methods, and scope. There is also discussion of how to form a written proposal, and how to present the same. The final session of the course, at the end of the semester, is devoted to assessed oral presentations of students┐ research proposals.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Dissertation proposal: 2,000 words (60%);
Dissertation presentation: 15 minutes (40%).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Plan a research project of appropriate scope for a dissertation, creating and refining a research question as necessary
- Reflect upon the nature of sources and evidence in research and select appropriate sources for a PGT dissertation project in Religious Studies
- Critically engage with the theoretical frameworks and scholarly methods relevant to their chosen dissertation project
- Prepare a coherent written research proposal for a dissertation project, and present a version of the same, in an appropriate format, as an oral presentation
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Approximately 2 hours per week in Weeks 1-4 and Week 10.
|Keywords||Religious Studies; Method; Resources; Skills.
|Course organiser||Dr Naomi Appleton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8976
|Course secretary||Dr Jessica Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227