Undergraduate Course: Theology and Religious Studies: Final Dissertation (DIVI10001)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||A supervised study of an approved topic agreed with a member of academic staff and approved by the Head of the School of Divinity as a requirement of the final year in all Honours degree programmes in Divinity (MA Religious Studies, MA Divinity, BD Hons, MA(H) - Philosophy and Systematic Theology), the required and assessed written work a 10,000 word (max) dissertation. The dissertation counts for 40 credits of the required 120 credits in the final year of Honours programmes, and also can count in fulfilment of required credits for the degree 'major' or for the 'tradition' focus on the degree programme. Students are to register an agreed dissertation topic and supervisor with the Divinity Office at the end of the academic year before their final year of study, on the form developed for this purpose. (The course code depends on the School in which the supervisor serves, eg a 'DV' code for all staff members in Divinity, an 'AS' code for staff members in Asian Studies, an 'IM' code for staff members in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies).
A supervised study of an approved topic agreed with a member of academic staff and approved by the Head of the School of Divinity is a requirement of the final year in all Honours degree programmes in Divinity (MA Religious Studies, MA Theology, BD Hons, MDiv, MA Philosophy and Theology). The required and assessed written work is a 10,000 word (max) dissertation.
There is no syllabus as such for the honours dissertation. Guidance is laid out in the Divinity Honours Dissertation Guidelines document published each year. The most common structre is that the student undertakes research in semester 1 and does writing up in semester 2, all in consultation with the supervisor.
Student Learning Experience Information:
The honours dissertation is not a course in the usual sense. There are no regular stated meetings. Rather, contact hours comprise one introductory session with the honours dissertation manager and a series of supervisions arranged between the student and the supervisor.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 7,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 10,000 word dissertation due toward the end of the final year of Honours study, required to be submitted by a due date established each year and indicated in the Honours Dissertation Guidelines. (100% of mark).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Formulate and execute an extended research effort
- Write a coherent and properly formatted presentation of the research
- Demonstrate acquaintance with relevant data and scholarly publications
- Conceive and articulate a constructive, independent argument
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Three supervision sessions amounting to approximately 6 hrs total.
|Course organiser||Dr Ulrich Schmiedel
Tel: (0131 6)50 8918
|Course secretary||Miss Alexandra Lowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 7924