Undergraduate Course: Special Study in Politics and International Relations (PLIT10137)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course allows students to complete an extended essay on a special topic of their choice under the supervision of a member of staff in PIR. The course is particularly appropriate for any student who may have been prevented from going on a year abroad or who would like to focus in depth on a particular area of interest.
This course will allow students to focus on a particular area of academic interest supervised by a member of staff from Politics and International Relations. For some students the course will lend itself to the study of the politics of their target language; for others a topic more related to their previous studies in PIR will be more appropriate. The idea is to allow students flexibility to plan an independent piece of academic work. The essay is required to show a link to wider academic literature, including that studied in PIR courses during your first and second years.
The course will involve several meetings with the student's supervisor in PIR to discuss, plan and refine a research question and talk about appropriate methods and frameworks.
Students will deepen their knowledge of an area that interests them and sharpen their research skills. It is an ideal course on its own or as preparation for a longer dissertation at the end of an MA degree.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||4000 word essay (100%)
||Supervisors will give advice on practical issues such as the subject and title of the essay, its organisation and structure, source material and the bibliography. Supervisors can suggest reading materials and comment on essay plans and timetables.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of an area of interest in Politics or International Relations.
- Write an extended academic argument beyond a shorter course essay.
- Source appropriate research materials and evaluate them at length.
- Demonstrate an understanding of a range of relevant sources, being able to read them critically and use them for the construction of the essay's argument.
- Manage time effectively over the course of a semester to produce an extended piece of writing.
|Sources will depend on the area of students' interest.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course will develop skills in research and enquiry through independent study. It will also promote students' personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas and perspectives in depth.
|Course organiser||Dr Katarzyna Kaczmarska
Tel: (0131 6)51 1740
|Course secretary||Miss Katarzyna Pietrzak
Tel: (0131 6)51 3162