Postgraduate Course: MSc English Literature: United States Literature Dissertation (ENLI11105)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Students 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 15,000 word dissertation (excluding bibliography).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- Demonstrate an ability to provide critical analyses of literary texts in both their conceptual and aesthetic aspects.
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a range of literary writing that responds to and informs concepts of American identity.
- Show an understanding of the role of political and ideological structures in the production of national historiographies.
- Show they have acquired a grounding in the research methods of literary studies.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Taylor
Tel: (1031 6)50 4584
|Course secretary||Miss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030