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Postgraduate Course: MSc by Research in Cultural Studies Dissertation (ARCH11205)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits140 ECTS Credits70
SummaryThe course provides the framework of supervision for a substantial, independent research and writing project. The course requires the student to execute and write-up an agreed original research topic in the area of cultural and visual studies. The course allows students to activate research design, planning and methods skills acquired in course-delivered research training elements of the programme.

Students will receive regular supervision and will be expected to submit at least one detailed plan to the supervisor and regularly present work in progress. At least one qualified academic member of staff is dedicated to supervising the student in this process. Additional academic and other experts may be drawn upon as advisers to support the student¿s research.
Course description To enable students do the following:
1. Independently acquire a detailed knowledge in the chosen subject demonstrating sufficient understanding of relevant cultural, historical and philosophical themes;
2. Ability to construct an complex intellectual argument expressed against stated objectives and presenting original conclusion;
3. Ability to produce a substantial piece of academic writing, well-written and well-illustrated, using correct citation conventions and acknowledgement of sources.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Research proposal submitted to the supervisor in Semester 1.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 1400 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 28, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 1372 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The dissertation will be approximately 25,000 words in length excluding footnotes and bibliography.
Feedback Feedback is provided at four stages of project development in response to student¿s presentation of the revised research proposal in semester 1 and three work-in-progress reviews during spring and summer research periods.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Successful development and execution of independent research project.
  2. Writing up of research findings and presentation of research in a rigorously argued and coherenty organised dissertation.
  3. Demonstrated experience in applying theoretical, methodological and technical knowledge acquired in other parts of the programme and in individual research.
  4. Demonstrated skills in presenting visual and textual material in a manner that is apposite to the specifici research topic and that addressed issues of copyright, confidentiality, data protection and other ethical issues.
Reading List
Richard Johnson et al, The Practice of Cultural Studies. London: Sage, 2004.
Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright, Practices of Looking. An introduction to visual culture. Oxford University Press, 2004.
Ben Highmore, A Passion for Cultural Studies. London: Palgrave 2009.
Ben Highmore, Cityscapes. Cultural readings in the material and symbolic city. London: Palgrave 2005.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Writing of research proposals and abstracts;
Presenting research in progress, discussion and responding to questions and criticism;
Advanced research skills;
Close-reading of complex texts and sophisticated academic writing;
Advanced and critical use of images in text and presentation;
Time management in planning, developing and completing a substantial research and writing project.
Additional Class Delivery Information Individual meetings with supervisor, reviews and presentations of work-in-progress
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Ella Chmielewska
Tel: (0131 6)51 3736
Course secretaryMiss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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