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Unit information: Independent Study: Extended Essay in 2017/18

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Unit name Independent Study: Extended Essay
Unit code DRAM30044
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Jones
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Theatre
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

The unit will provide a structured and supervised opportunity for final-year students to pursue a small independent research project, written on an agreed topic of interest within the areas of theatre and performance studies. Students work with a supervisor to identify research questions or concerns, to determine appropriate research methods, formulate their argument and structure an effective extended essay.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able:

(1) to formulate appropriate research questions and concerns, to focus a written enquiry of their choosing;

(2) to determine appropriate methodologies and resources for exploring these questions;

(3) to carry out independent research and develop lines of inquiry, drawing on a range of sources and applying conceptual/theoretical frameworks in an advanced way;

(4) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of primary and secondary sources relevant to the topic of research;

(5) to gather, organise and use information in a well-formulated argument, articulate and structure points effectively in a written form, supporting ideas with appropriate referencing;

(6) to apply with confidence and competence a range of theoretical ideas, and have developed a critical approach towards them;

(7) to communicate complex critical-theoretical thinking fluently, present scholarly writing in an appropriate format, using consistent academic references.

Teaching details

5 x 1-hour meetings with academic supervisor (initially in small tutorial groups, which address methodologies and formulating questions, then individually).

Assessment Details

5,000 word extended essay (100%) ILO 1-7.

This should include an 200-word Abstract, which outlines the research questions, concerns and methodology, and summarises the essay.

Reading and References

Reading and references will be provided individually according to the agreed project.

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