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Postgraduate Course: Approaches to Research: Theology in History (DIVI11016)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course prepares students in the MTh/MSc Theology in History for their research dissertation.
Course description Academic Description:
The course is designed for two groups of students: taught masters students on the programme 'Theology in History' and research masters students in the history of Christianity and systematic and philosophical theology. The course provides training in the development and presentation of a Masters dissertation proposal, including the identification of a manageable topic, the shaping of research questions and research methodologies, the development of a dissertation outline, and the identification and compiling of a research bibliography.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course will provide instruction on what makes an effective dissertation proposal in terms of scope, research question, scholarly context, key sources. The course will also provide guidance on how to find research resources, how to present the dissertation proposal in a short presentation with slides, how to improve oral presentation skills, and how to present a written dissertation proposal.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The short course has a programme of three two-hour class meetings, a one-to-one meeting with a dissertation supervisor, and a day-long dissertation workshop. Each student will be required to make a 'trial' dissertation proposal presentation to the class, followed by a final dissertation proposal presentation at the dissertation workshop. Each student will also prepare and submit a written dissertation proposal.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, 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 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 87 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A 15 minute oral presentation to the class of the research proposal, followed by 10 minutes of responding to questions and comments (40%);
a 2000 word written proposal (60%).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Prepare an effective dissertation proposal, with a manageable scope, defined research questions, awareness of the scholarly context, and identified key sources
  2. Identify and locate research resources within their dissertation area
  3. Express the key points of a dissertation proposal as a short presentation with slides
  4. Employ critical skills in presenting a written dissertation proposal
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 4 hours of seminar teaching, plus a 1:1 supervision, preparation for the worksop and the dissertation workshop.
KeywordsHistory of Christianity,systematic theology,philosophy of religion,research,dissertation.
Course organiserProf Stewart Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 8951
Course secretaryMs Katrina Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
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