Politics Independent Research Paper POLITIC4019P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This paper is available to all MA(SocSci) students, both Single and Joint. Students will identify a topic with their allocated supervisor which they will then research with only limited further supervision.

Timetable

None

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses

Politics Dissertation (POLITIC4017P)

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

One 4,500-5,000 word independent research paper: 100% of final mark.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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Course Aims

This paper is available to all Honours students, both Single and Joint. The Independent Research Paper aims to provide the opportunity for students to undertake an independent piece of research, identifying and evaluating the suitability of primary and secondary resources. The topic can be in any area of the discipline of Politics where suitable supervision can be provided. Students will identify a topic with their allocated supervisor which they will then research with only limited further supervision.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ demonstrate the capacity for independent learning within the constraints of a piece of work longer than a course essay and shorter than the Dissertation;

■ demonstrate developed & detailed understanding of their chosen topic;

■ ability to construct a coherent argument with the precision required by the special length of the Independent Research Paper;

■ demonstrate the ability to articulate in a cogent and literate manner the results of their reading and/or research.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

None