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Postgraduate Course: Futures Project: Narrative Futures: Art, Data and Society (fusion online) (EFIE11136)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Futures Institute CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryDeveloping insights from across disciplines and applying them to complex global challenges are fundamental to the aims of the Edinburgh Futures Institute. In this final project you will be able to contribute to this agenda by applying your learning in depth to a domain, issue or concern which drives you. Your project can be in an area you wish to interrogate because of your own personal or professional interests. It might also be defined by your employer, be sponsored by one of our EFI industry, government or community partners, or aligned to one of the EFI research programmes. You can submit your final project report as a written piece of work, or combined with other forms as appropriate - video, visualisation, digital artefact, performance, code. It is your chance to apply an interdisciplinary perspective and a methodologically robust approach to an issue you care about.
Course description The final project will be relevant to the programme on which the student is enrolled, and will address a particular challenge area which may have an organisational, community, cultural, societal or planetary scope. It will take an interdisciplinary approach both methodologically and conceptually, drawing on the taught elements of the programme to interrogate a particular issue in depth.

In line with the EFI focus on data skills, data ethics and creative, critical enquiry, the final project will engage with the idea of 'data' in whichever way is most appropriate - for example, creating and using datasets, crafting data visualisations or artefacts, or exploring the epistemological, social, creative, critical and ethical dimensions of a 'datafied' world. Projects will adopt a wide definition of what constitutes 'data' - including both numerical and qualitative - in line with the multiple epistemologies and disciplinary perspectives circulating through the portfolio.

Students will provisionally define their project early on in their time at EFI, and - via the 'Knowledge Integration and Project Planning' 20-credit component - will develop and refine their project idea in an iterative way over the course of their studies. In this way they will be able to apply the deep intellectual insights and key skills they need both to conduct a sustained piece of enquiry, and to develop as a confident citizen of the world.

The student learning experience in relation to the project will in large part be integrated with the work they do through the 'Knowledge Integration and Project Planning' component, which will include peer feedback, supervisor input and sustained reflection. In addition, students will have access to the broader support contexts of the Edinburgh Futures Institute - its event and seminar programmes (both online and offline), its research programmes and its external partnerships.

During the 'Knowledge Integration and Project Planning component', supervision will take place on both a group and an individual basis (three group meetings and one individual meeting). Once students start the Project, supervision will take place on an individual basis through two individual meetings. Regular group supervision meetings during the Knowledge Integration and Project Planning stage will enable students to connect with others on their programmes who are conducting work in aligned areas, supporting them to build networks of peer support. Individual supervision will be provided to give direct and focused support at key points in the project process, specifically in relation to the project plan and the early drafting of the final project report.

Students will be given the opportunity to present their projects in multiple forms, relevant to the future-facing and interdisciplinary focus of their programmes. These might include conventional written dissertations, or creative and multimodal outputs as appropriate to their programme - students will be encouraged to push at the boundaries of representation of academic knowledge, and to take a bold and context-specific approach to the production of the final report.

Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) - Online Fusion Course Delivery Information:

The Edinburgh Futures Institute will teach this course in a way that enables online and on-campus students to study together. This approach (our 'fusion' teaching model) offers students flexible and inclusive ways to study, and the ability to choose whether to be on-campus or online at the level of the individual course. It also opens up ways for diverse groups of students to study together regardless of geographical location. To enable this, the course will use technologies to record and live-stream student and staff participation during their teaching and learning activities. Students should note that their interactions may be recorded and live-streamed. There will, however, be options to control whether or not your video and audio are enabled.

As part of your course, you will need access to a personal computing device. Unless otherwise stated activities will be web browser based and as a minimum we recommend a device with a physical keyboard and screen that can access the internet.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Course Start Date 29/04/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 390 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The final project report will be submitted in mid-August, with a flexible approach taken to word count in order to reflect the interdisciplinary and multimodal options for its format:

- Text only report: 13,000 words;
- Multimodal output (video, visualisation, code, web site): output plus 8,000 words;
- Substantial creative output (crafted artefact, performance, substantial digital artefact): output plus 4,000 words.
Feedback 1) Detailed feedback on the project plan will take place in late May, as part of the 'Knowledge Integration and Project Planning' element. Students will also receive feedback on their emerging project plans at other points during the Knowledge Integration and Project Planning element, which includes 3 group supervision meetings, and 1 individual supervision meeting.

2) Students will have a further 2 individual supervision meetings in which they will receive detailed guidance and feedback. Ahead of project report submission their individual supervisor will review and comment in detail on the equivalent of one chapter (approximately 3000-4000 words, although with flexibility to refine according to the mode of representation used).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate their ability to apply interdisciplinary perspectives and relevant methods to a substantive piece of independent work, applying the research skills and advanced knowledge they have acquired over the course of their studies.
  2. Engage critically and analytically with the literature in fields relevant to their specialist interest area, and construct theoretically informed arguments based on this literature.
  3. Collect and analyse evidence, justifying the approaches and techniques used, demonstrating that the study complies with relevant ethical guidelines, and identifying the implications of these decisions.
  4. Critically examine the contribution and limitations of the study undertaken in theoretical and applied terms.
  5. Confidently and creatively represent their findings and conclusions in an appropriate format.
Reading List
Readings will be drawn from the domain-specific literatures relevant to the project focus.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1) Students will demonstrate integrative knowledge and understanding of cross-disciplinary perspectives on enquiry (SCQF 1);
2) Students will learn how to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to the design and completion of a project (SCQF 2);
3) Students will scope cross-disciplinary approaches to enquiry from a critical and integrative perspective (SCQF 3);
4) Students will develop high level skills in communication and representation of knowledge across different forms (SCQF 4);
5) Students will evidence substantial autonomy and the ability to take responsibility for their own work, managing to negotiate complex ethical, professional and intellectual issues in a reflexive way (SCQF 5).
KeywordsFutures Project,Narrative Futures: Art Data and Society,Final Project
Course organiserDr Anna Vaninskaya
Tel: (0131 6)50 4284
Course secretaryMiss Abby Gleave
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337
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