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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Scottish Ethnology

Undergraduate Course: Year Abroad Work for Scottish Ethnology (SCET10037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Course typeYear Abroad AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryDuring their third year abroad while studying for the combined degree of Scottish Ethnology and Scandinavian Studies, students carry out guided reading under the supervision of a member of the Scottish Ethnology section of Celtic and Scottish Studies and write two essays on a previously agreed topic related to the focus of the Scottish Ethnology part of their degree. Supervisors and students have contact (e.g. via email and Zoom) to discuss the various stages of the essays.

Students whose exchange programme takes them to a university offering Scottish Ethnology courses can instead take such courses there, provided they have obtained the permission of the Head of Celtic and Scottish Studies.
Course description During their year abroad in a Scandinavian country, students will continue the Scottish Ethnology aspect of their degree. They may either take approved ethnology courses at their host institution, if available, or carry out a programme of guided reading and assessment. The description below pertains to the latter situation (i.e. where ethnology courses are not available at the host institution). Additional information on cases where ethnology courses are available at the host institution is provided in 'Assessment' below.

In consultation with staff in Celtic and Scottish Studies, students will first identify a research topic relevant to Scottish Ethnology. They will then assemble a bibliography covering primary and secondary sources relevant to their topic. Finally, they will complete a coherent, written analysis of the material that they identified. By completing this course, students will demonstrate their capacity for independent research and their ability to work towards set deadlines and word limits.

The course will be taught entirely remotely. It is expected that the student will meet with their supervisor several times online during the semester, and that they will correspond with one another over email or a similar medium.
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 Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Placement Study Abroad Hours 392, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

Credit on this course can be achieved in one of two ways:

1. By submission of two pieces of written coursework on a previously agreed Scottish Ethnology topic: Essay 1 (40%: 2,500 words) and Essay 2 (60%: 5,000 words). Prior to writing Essay 1, students will submit a research proposal (0%: 500 words), which will function as a formative assessment.


2. By taking courses in the Year Abroad institution, where appropriate ethnology courses are offered. 40 UoE credits must be achieved for the Ethnology side of the degree (where 10 ECTS = 20 UoE credits).

In both cases, the student's Learning Agreement must be approved by both the Scottish Ethnology and MEL Year Abroad Co-ordinators prior to departure.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify a research topic.
  2. Construct a bibliography of primary and/or secondary works on the chosen topic.
  3. Demonstrate independent research skills.
  4. Show the ability to work independently towards set deadlines and word limit.
  5. Review a relevant body of primary and/or secondary material and produce coherent analytical text.
Learning Resources
Determined in consultation with Course Organiser.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of the course, the student will have demonstrated the following generic and transferable skills:

Personal and intellectual autonomy
Personal effectiveness
Written communication
Research and enquiry (esp analysis, evaluation, synthesis and critical thinking)
KeywordsStudy abroad,ethnology,Norwegian,Swedish,Danish
Course organiserProf William Lamb
Tel: (0131 6)50 3624
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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