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Postgraduate Course: Approaches to Research: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (THET11063)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is a partner to Approaches to Research in Divinity and Religious Studies, the 10-credit S1 course on research skills for all PG students in the School of Divinity. This 10-credit S2 course is the devolved component for Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations students in particular. It covers key critical issues, research tools and methods in the area of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, with a focus on research proposal workshops for enrolled students.
Course description Academic Description:
This course is a partner to Approaches to Research in Divinity and Religious Studies, the 10-credit S1 course on research skills for all PG students in the School of Divinity. This 10-credit S2 course is the devolved component for Islam and Christian-Muslim students in particular or MRes students doing research in Islamic Studies or Christian-Muslim Relations. It covers critical debates in the field on methodology and comparative studies. The course and workshops provide students with training in the development of a research project including identifying a dissertation thesis, shaping a bibliography, and presenting initial outline and argument to the group for critical and constructive feedback.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course will provide full preparation for embarking on the dissertation component of the MTh/MSc, including: guidance on resources in the field, how to choose a suitable topic and refine the focus, how to deliver an oral proposal, how to write a research proposal, and the various skills required for researching and planning such a major project in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. The course culminates with each student delivering an oral presentation (assessed) of their proposal, and submitting a written version of their proposal.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course is taught by means of five classes spread through semester two. The first two classes provide an introduction to research in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, and advice on how to prepare for the dissertation. The remaining classes offer students the opportunity to try out their research proposals informally in front of peers and course staff, to help them refine and focus their ideas. The final session of the course is devoted to assessed oral presentations of students' research proposals.
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 Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 40% - Oral presentation of the research proposal (15 minutes)

60% - Written proposal (2000 words)
Feedback There will be an opportunity to present an outline research proposal for feedback from the lecturer.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and explain the key methodological debates in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.
  2. Reflect on strategies for planning the research project.
  3. Develop ideas in discussion with peers, and engage in critical constructive dialogue with their peers' ideas.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to deliver a dissertation proposal as an oral presentation.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to gather the above together into a written proposal.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Learn to engage with different methods and approaches to Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
- Finely-tuned skills of close reading and critical analysis
- Ability to construct an argument concisely
- Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing
KeywordsIslamic Studies,Christian-Muslim Relations,comparative method,research,dissertation
Course organiserDr Salam Rassi
Course secretaryMr Patrick McMurray
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