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Unit information: Dissertation for English/Classical Studies in 2022/23

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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
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

None

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)

None

Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

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 student's 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.

Your learning on this unit

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.

How you will learn

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.

How you will be assessed

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

Resources

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. ENGL39021).

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.

Assessment
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.

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