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Undergraduate Course: Special Study in Politics and International Relations (PLIT10137)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of an area of interest in Politics or International Relations.
  2. Write an extended academic argument beyond a shorter course essay.
  3. Source appropriate research materials and evaluate them at length.
  4. 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.
  5. Manage time effectively over the course of a semester to produce an extended piece of writing.
Reading List
Sources will depend on the area of students' interest.
Additional Information
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.
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Course organiserDr Katarzyna Kaczmarska
Tel: (0131 6)51 1740
Course secretaryMiss Katarzyna Pietrzak
Tel: (0131 6)51 3162
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