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Unit information: Pathway Unit: Supervised Individual Study in 2021/22

Unit name Pathway Unit: Supervised Individual Study
Unit code POLIM1009
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Michel
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will enable students to pursue a topic of interest and relevance to them with the support of individual supervision. This unit is only available to students registered for MSc/Diploma degrees in the Department of Politics. Please note that the Department does not permit the auditing of any of its units.


This unit will enable participants to:

  • Identify a suitable topic in Politics or International Relations that can be researched independently
  • Structure independent study
  • Conduct a piece of supervised independent study
  • Produce a written assignment based on independent study

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit participants will have developed an understanding of their chosen topic, gained competency in independent study and demonstrated their ability to articulate their findings cogently by drawing on appropriate sociological material.

Teaching Information

Supervised Individual Study will normally be conducted independently with regular, negotiated, supervisory contact.

Assessment Information

The assessment will be an extended essay of 4000 words showing an in-depth understanding of the selected topic.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. POLIM1009).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.