Comparative Literature Dissertation - CPLT5130

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 30 (15) Joanne Pettitt checkmark-circle


The module is predicated on independent research activity. It will build on the skills and experiences acquired through Stages 1 and 2. Students will 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 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 present their own work, discuss their and their fellow students' work and to test some of their ideas in a larger context.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Total Private Study Hours: 270
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
• Presentation (15 minutes) – 10%
• Dissertation (8,000 words) – 90%

Reassessment methods:
• 100% Project (8,000 words)

Indicative reading

This will be different for each student since the topics are of each student's individual choosing.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate systematic understanding of key aspects of their field of study;
2 Deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within the discipline of Comparative Literature;
3 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;
4 Manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources appropriate to the discipline of Comparative Literature.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate that they can identify and choose an appropriate topic for personal study;
2 Evaluate and engage critically with arguments, assumptions, and abstract concepts;
3 Demonstrate that they can study without the discipline of regular classes;
4 Show that they can work, study and undertake research independently;
5 Successfully organise the work involved in an extensive research project;
6 Marshal complex knowledge and present it clearly and logically in the substantive form of a dissertation


  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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