Cultural Studies Research Dissertation - SO683

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR D Nettleingham


Must have taken either SO546 or SO602


Stage 3 Students ONLY



The module aims to enable students to conceive and execute a major research project in the field of cultural studies. Students attend a Summer term group meeting with the module convenor to explore and discuss ideas for research and the submission of a draft title and plan, which is to be completed during the long vacation prior to the module beginning. In the Autumn term they will receive feedback on this plan and proposal from their supervisor and/or the module convenor. They will then be required to attend a series of meetings with their assigned supervisor throughout the Autumn term and at the end of that term submit a Literature Review for assessment. In the spring term, research and writing of the dissertation continue under the guidance of the supervisor and at the end of the term, the completed assignment is submitted.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Initial meeting with convenor(s) in Summer term of Stage 2, plus minimum of two further meetings per term

Method of assessment

20% coursework (3,000 word literature review) and 80% project (10,000-12,000 word dissertation inclusive of reworked literature review chapter)

Indicative reading

Bell (2005) Doing your Research Project
Coombes (2001) Research Using IT
Cottrell (2003) The Study Skills Handbook
Crème & Lee (2003) Writing at University
Denscombe (2007) The Good Research Guide
Hart (1998) Doing a Literature Review

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students will:
gain experience in conducting an independent cultural studies research project
understand and put into practice links between theory and research
identify and explore, in a sustained fashion, a significant topic in cultural studies
develop bibliographic and computer search skills
gain skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, in relation to a range of significant texts and their cultural contexts
be able to distinguish between technical, normative, moral and political questions and draw conclusions about their interrelatedness in a specific cultural context.
develop skills in written presentation.

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