RCEES International Masters Dissertation CEES5041P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The IMRCEES dissertation (60 UoG/30 ECTS credits) is co-supervised and assessed by academics from Glasgow and the partner institution and is submitted at the partner institution in September at the end of Year 2 in the case of a double degree award.

For the single IMRCEES degree award the dissertation is submitted at UoG.

Timetable

IMRCEES students spend the first twelve months of their degree in Glasgow, taking all but the dissertation component of the one-year CEES MSc programme (120 credits). They then undertake a semester of taught courses (30 ECTS credits, equivalent to 60 UoG credits) at their chosen partner university, following a curriculum agreed prior to departure. The dissertation (60 UoG/30 ECTS credits) is co-supervised and assessed by academics from Glasgow and the partner institution and is submitted at the partner institution in September at the end of Year 2. Students attend a series of dissertation preparation workshops during the first five weeks of Year 1, Semester 2 before submitting their dissertation proposal in March. Each student is then allocated two supervisors (one at UoG and one at the international partner university) with whom a minimum of three formal supervision sessions over the course of the summer takes place. A minimum of monthly supervision meetings takes place between the student and both supervisors during Year 2. Contact with the UoG supervisor is maintained through email/telephone/Skype.

Requirements of Entry

An average aggregation score of 12 (equivalent to Grade C3) or above in the taught courses at UoG (i.e. Year 1, Semesters 1 and 2).

Assessment

20,000 - 25,000 word dissertation submitted at the international partner university (in the case of a double degree award).

For the single IMRCEES degree award the dissertation is submitted at UoG.

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

The IMRCEES Dissertation option offers students the opportunity to identify an original research proposal and to conduct independent research on their chosen topic. This allows students to conduct research on a topic under the guidance of a supervisor and will acquaint them with a wide variety of research methods and encourage the use of these various research methods, and original East European language sources in their chosen area of Central and East European Studies. The aim is to prepare students for further postgraduate research or employment in jobs related to Russia, Central and Eastern Europe.

Students will benefit both from the specialised knowledge of staff in areas where they have made a particular research contribution and provide a specialised education in the study of Central and East European Studies in both its empirical and theoretical aspects.

 

Students will also have the opportunity to conduct the dissertation research in the Russian/Central/East European region.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1) Demonstrate a specialised knowledge of a specific cultural, economic, historical or political area of analysis and country within the field of Central and East European Studies;
2) Use a range of methodologies;
3) Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the culture, economics, history and politics of the region;

4) Evaluate theories and analyse critically the arguments of scholars;
5) Approach any subject of enquiry in an open-minded, rigorous and undogmatic manner an demonstrate the skill to construct arguments and express their own views in a logical and lucid fashion;
6) Work independently using their own initiative to produce work containing a substantial element of originality;
7) identify and gather research data (i.e from original language sources, interviews, media, archives and government reports).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

None