Gender, Culture and Society: Dissertation

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Credits

60

Module code

HU52004

The outcome of this module is an 18,000 word dissertation on a specialist topic that reflects the aims and outcomes of the Gender, Culture & Society MLitt.

The dissertation will normally be expected to have a strong interdisciplinary component. Topics must be agreed with the Gender, Culture & Society teaching team to ensure that appropriate supervision can be provided. 

Students are strongly encouraged to draw on archival and historical material, visual images, and/or cultural artefacts in their dissertation work, as appropriate to their individual projects.

Assessment

The assessed component for this module is you 18,000 word dissertation.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  • have an enhanced capacity to work independently and to identify and formulate research projects
  • appreciate the challenges involved in undertaking and presenting detailed specialist research of an original nature in the field of gender and/or women’s studies
  • extend their abilities to make effective use of primary sources such as manuscripts and other archival material, visual images and/or cultural artefacts
  • be better able to put into practice the skills and interdisciplinary approaches acquired on the taught modules of the MLitt programme
  • acquire a developed capacity for further independent research at a higher level

Aims

  • To enable students to work independently on a research project chosen and formulated by themselves
  • To facilitate in-depth research on a particular topic relevant to the field of gender and/or women’s studies
  • To encourage use of primary sources such as manuscripts and other archival material, visual images, and/or cultural artefacts
  • To put into practice the skills and interdisciplinary approaches acquired on the taught modules of the MLitt programme
  • To develop the capacity for further independent research at a higher level

Convenor

Professor Perry Willson

Teaching

Teaching is primarily be via individual tuition with primary and secondary supervisors. Additional support is provided by a number of scheduled taught group sessions on such topics as preparing project proposals; planning and executing research; presentation and submission of dissertations.

Students are expected to attend and participate in taught group sessions; prepare thoroughly for supervisions via independent research and the submission of written material in an appropriate format; strive to keep to agreed schedules for completion; submit the final dissertation in the appropriate form and a timely manner.