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Postgraduate Course: MSc English Literature: United States Literature Dissertation (ENLI11105)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryStudents will write a 15,000 word dissertation to be submitted as specified in the programme handbook.

The dissertation is a piece of independent research, no more than 15,000 words long (including footnotes, excluding bibliography), researched and written over the spring/summer.

During semester two, the course organiser allocates each student a dissertation supervisor: not necessarily an expert in the field of the dissertation (depending on the topic chosen), but an adviser to assist with planning, ideas and structure as your work progresses.

In the second semester, students will work with their dissertation supervisors towards a research scheme, in conjunction with a subject-specific course of lecture and seminars. At the end of the fifth week of semester two, students submit an outline of the dissertation they propose to write, a proposed scheme of work, and an annotated bibliography (approx. 4000 words).

This will be assessed by your dissertation supervisor on a pass/fail basis for the Research Themes and Methods component of the programme.

Students will receive regular supervision and will be expected to liaise regularly with their supervisor and submit material for comment at agreed times. Supervisors will not read and comment on full drafts of the dissertation.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 15,000 word dissertation (excluding bibliography).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate competence in core skills in the study of English literature, such as essay writing, independent reading, group discussion, oral presentation and small-group autonomous learning.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to provide critical analyses of literary texts in both their conceptual and aesthetic aspects.
  3. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a range of literary writing that responds to and informs concepts of American identity.
  4. Show an understanding of the role of political and ideological structures in the production of national historiographies.
  5. Show they have acquired a grounding in the research methods of literary studies.
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Course organiserDr Andrew Taylor
Tel: (1031 6)50 4584
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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