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Unit information: Dissertation for English/Classical Studies in 2019/20

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Unit name Dissertation for English/Classical Studies
Unit code ENGL39021
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Harris
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit requires the production of an extensively researched dissertation of up to 7,000 words (including quotations and notes, excluding bibliography) on a topic of the students choice. It may be taken either in TB1 or TB2. The proposed topic must be genuinely interdisciplinary and must link the two disciplines of English and Classics. In order to take this unit, students need to have their topic approved by the Head of Education for English. This should be arranged by the end of the period during which choices of Special Subject are made. The Heads of Education in English and Classics will each appoint a supervisor for the student. Students will receive 1.5 hours of individual consultation with each of their two supervisors; this will typically involve discussion of preparatory reading and research, scrutiny of a rough plan of the work, advice on writing up and discussion of some draft material.

Aims:

This dissertation unit is designed to bring together the two disciplines studied by English and Classics students, to enhance an understanding of the importance of influence and reception when considering both the classical and the English literary traditions, and to foster an intellectual approach that is genuinely interdisciplinary in both conception and execution.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will have developed a highly detailed, in-depth understanding of the author(s), text(s), and/or issues explored in the dissertation, will have engaged with matters of influence and reception (and, in many cases, translation), and will have undertaken a sustained project of interdisciplinary research.

Teaching details

Students will receive one and a half hours of individual consultation with each of their two supervisors (one in English and one in Classical Studies); this will typically involve discussion of preparatory reading and research, scrutiny of a rough plan of the work, advice on writing up and discussion of some draft material.

Assessment Details

One dissertation of up to 7,000 words (including quotations and notes, but excluding bibliography).

Reading and References

Inevitably, this will vary according to the topic chosen.

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