Comparative Literature Dissertation - CP513

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring 6 30 (15) PROF A Staehler checkmark-circle


The module is predicated on independent research activity. It builds on the skills and experiences acquired through stages 1 and 2. Students write a dissertation on a topic of their own choice. The topic must be on a literary or related subject and must have a comparative element. The final-year dissertation gives students the opportunity to satisfy their intellectual curiosity by individually and independently researching a large-scale project of their own choice. Throughout autumn and spring terms students will be given guidance by a chosen supervisor, but the rhythm of research, the writing and frequency of meetings between supervisor and student is left to the individual student to determine. The SWIPE undergraduate conference will give students a chance to discuss their and their fellow students' work and to test some of their ideas in a larger context.


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Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22

Method of assessment

Dissertation (8,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

These will be different for each student since the topics are individually chosen

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate systematic understanding of key aspects of their field of study;
Deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within the discipline of Comparative Literature;
Demonstrate conceptual understanding that enables them to devise and sustain arguments and to describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research within the discipline of Comparative Literature;
Manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources appropriate to the discipline of Comparative Literature.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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