German Dissertation - GRMN5060

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module is intended to introduce undergraduate students to independent research and provide the opportunity for sustained, detailed study of a topic of their choosing. The topic chosen must relate to a specific aspect of German culture or language. Originality and feasibility are important aspects of writing dissertations and topics must be scrutinised and approved in advance by the module convenor or dissertation supervisor. Students can expect guidance from the module convenor and an academic supervisor throughout the process, including one-to-one tutorials.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 6
Private Study Hours: 294
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Dissertation (10,000 words) – 100%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Project

Indicative reading

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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 Undertake comprehensive, detailed research on a specific area of German culture or language;
2 Demonstrate in-depth and advanced subject knowledge of a particular area of German studies;
3 Engage with primary and secondary source material in a scholarly way, demonstrating the ability to understand concepts and debates relevant to the study of German culture and demonstrate a critical understanding of their assumptions, implications, limitations or contradictions.

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

1 Identify an appropriate topic for personal study;
2 Work, study and undertake systematic and analytical research independently;
3 Organise the work involved in an extensive research project;
4 Marshall complex knowledge and present it clearly and logically in the substantive form of a dissertation.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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