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Postgraduate Course: SSPS Masters Dissertation (CAS) (PGSP11512)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis dissertation course is for students studying topics with particular emphasis on an African Studies dimension. It will provide an opportunity to build on what has been learned in previous coursework on the programme, and to develop skills of independent research. The specific topical focus of dissertations will be agreed among the student, the supervisor, and the programme director.
Course description The dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which a student is expected to formulate and study in depth a topic largely of their own choosing, under the guidance of an academic supervisor. In the course of the dissertation, the student is expected to engage critically and analytically with a particular area of empirical study within the sociology of science, sustainable development, technology studies and innovation studies, to refine and extend their grasp of relevant concepts and theory introduced in the taught element of the degree, and to demonstrate competence in deploying a range of sources as well as appropriate analytic and bibliographic skills. Students are not expected to undertake the exhaustive literature review or empirical work typical of higher research degrees, though a limited amount of empirical research may be included in the preparation of the dissertation. The dissertation may be up to 15,000 words in length.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Undertake a sustained piece of supervised but independent work within the Centre of African Studies
  2. Employ relevant knowledge, concepts, theories and analytic approaches from the Centre of African Studies in formulating an extended argument based on empirical material
  3. Engage critically and analytically with the literature in their chosen field of specialist interest
  4. Exercise and consolidate their time and task management, presentational, and self-motivational skills in the conduct, presentation, and time and task planning of their research scheduling
  5. Demonstrate attention to the relevant data analysis, referencing, and bibliographic conventions
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Display the ability to critically employ theories and concepts from African Studies for the analysis of a range of empirical examples.

Develop a critical awareness of current issues in African Studies along with an understanding of how African Studies intersects with other disciplinary domains.

Be able to communicate your acquired methodological and analytical insights to academic and non-academic audiences alike.
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Course organiserDr Jose Munoz Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 5678
Course secretaryMiss Becky Guthrie
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