Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (Health Humanities and Arts) (CNST11089)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This dissertation is a substantial piece (180 credits) of independent research or literature review work in a field of interest to the student relating to Health Humanities and Arts, which in keeping with the underpinning approach of the programme, offers scope for creative methodologies and forms.
Research projects can draw upon creative and/or collaborative methodological approaches and be presented in a range of forms in line with the themes of the programme, related to a small, delimited study. They can also be both wholly or largely library or document-based.
The design of the research, how it is to be carried out, including reflecting on and minimising any potential ethical issues related to the research, will be undertaken in close consultation with a dissertation supervisor and with the advice of the dissertation course organiser.
The dissertation is an independent piece of research that a student undertakes over two semesters (full-time) or four semesters (part-time), in order to produce a document of no more than 30,000 words. It builds directly upon humanities and arts-informed research methods and approaches, drawing upon other relevant course options and creative-relational seminars.
During the process of undertaking their dissertation research, students will be supported by an academic supervisor. In addition, students will be provided with dissertation workshops; each workshop will focus on a particular element of the research and dissertation writing/production process.
The dissertation seeks to demonstrate the ability of the students to independently appraise relevant literature, and plan, undertake and present a piece of research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 30,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 36,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Dissertation (100%) (up to 30,000 words)
Students will produce a 30,000 word dissertation on a topic agreed with the supervisor(s), to be submitted within one-year of registration full-time or two years part-time.
||Students will receive feedback from supervisors throughout the dissertation writing/production process. From the outset students will expect to send material in advance for each supervision and for the supervisor to provide feedback and written comments. The topics for the supervisory conversations and feedback will not be specified in advance to allow for individual arrangements within the supervisory relationship.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical awareness, creativity and reflection relating a specific aspect relating to Health Humanities and Arts with a view to advancing knowledge and becoming a research-minded practitioner
- Demonstrate the ability to make critically-informed decisions about methodological approaches to explore a particular topic and to assess potential ethical implications
- Demonstrate the ability to review and engage critically with relevant literature and theories in the chosen area
- Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of their research design and the execution of their research
- Evidence significant skills and capacities in managing the development of a project from initial ideas to final text
|Fox, M., Martin, P. & Green, G. (2007) Doing Practitioner Research, Sage Publications Ltd.|
Koro-Ljungberg, M. (2015) Reconceptualising Qualitative Research: Methodologies without Methodology. London: Sage.
Mason J (2002) Qualitative Researching (2nd Ed) London: Sage.
Robson, C. (2016) Real world research: a resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers, Oxford, UK: 4th ed. Madden, Mass.: Blackwell.
May, T (2011) Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process, 4th Ed. Oxford University Press (Available online through the library)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The following main graduate attributes will be enhanced:
Ability to critically evaluate published research evidence
Understanding of the stages of research and the contingent nature of evidence
Ability to learn independently and to reflect on project learning
Effective use of communication to exchange knowledge and ideas
Project management within time and resource constraints
|Course organiser||Dr Marisa De Andrade
Tel: (0131 6)51 5554
|Course secretary||Mrs Alison Grahamslaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 4277