GI7P77 - Securities Studies Dissertation (2019/20)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2019/20|
|Module title||Securities Studies Dissertation|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||60|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||504|
|Running in 2019/20||
Security Studies Dissertation
This is a module which requires studens to conduct an extended piece of research on a topic in the security studies field.
Prior learning requirements
GIP028C Theory and Research Methods in International Relations
To enable students to engage in a major piece of independent research in security studies, which is sensitive to theoretical and methodological issues and which employs a full scholarly apparatus.
Students are expected to identify a field of research and complete a 15,000 word dissertation with guidance provided by the module leader and their supervisors.
Learning and teaching
Students will have been prepared for their dissertation work through the core module Theory and Research Methods in International Relations. They are given a detailed course outline offering advice on the planning and carrying out of their research for the dissertation. They also receive 6 weeks of classes at the start of their dissertation and are then allocated a tutor with whom they will meet regularly in order to receive feedback and guidance as their work progresses.
The module has a WebLearn site and pdp opportunities are provided to students in GIP028C.
By the end of the dissertation students will be able to show:
1. the ability to formulate a significant research question and to carry through systematic research towards a defensible answer to the question
2. the ability to master available sources in the given research topic area.
3. the ability to reflect upon and find solutions to theoretical and methodological issues entailed by the search for answers to the research question chosen.
4. the ability to critically evaluate evidence and relevant secondary sources in the field.
5. the ability to thoroughly reference their work, using a consistent referencing system.
6. the ability to organise their work rigorously and effectively and to present it in a professional way
Students produce a dissertation (norm 15,000 words) which will be assessed in line with the learning outcomes given above. (Students seeking to produce a dissertation exceeding the 15,000 word norm by more than 500 words, will require special permission from the module tutor before they submit).
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