Comparative Literature Dissertation - CPLT9980

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Year 7 60 (30) Katja Haustein-Corcoran checkmark-circle


The topic of the dissertation will usually be based on, and develop from, work undertaken on one or more of the four coursework modules undertaken in the course of the MA. The dissertation must be comparative in nature, including an analysis of more than one work, from more than one national/linguistic tradition.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 9
Private Study Hours: 591
Total Study Hours: 600

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Dissertation (12,000 words) – 100%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Project

Indicative reading

To be determined by the individual student in consultation with the supervisor.

The following title may be of use:
Swetnam, D. and Swetnam, R. (2009). Writing Your Dissertation: A Guide to Planning, Preparing and Presenting First Class Work, revised edition, Oxford: How to Books Ltd

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 an ability to analyse literary works comparatively across a range of national and linguistic literary traditions;
2 Demonstrate close-reading skills through the analysis of a range of literary works from different historical moments and cultural contexts;
3 Demonstrate clear expression of carefully considered and carefully referenced independent views on works from distinct literary traditions;
4 Demonstrate skills in analytical evaluation and communicative skills;
5 Undertake independent research in the area of Comparative Literature.

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

1 Demonstrate their written communication and presentation skills, with a view to expressing complex thoughts;
2 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research and independent study into relevant materials;
3 Demonstrate their ability to construct and evaluate intricate arguments;
4 Continue to advance their own knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level;
5 Produce a word-processed dissertation that is of a high scholarly standard in terms of presentation and professionalism.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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