None, although students are required to submit a one page illustrative bibliography of key texts and/or other resources relevant to their chosen topic to the module convenor by the start of the autumn term in which this module begins in order to be finally admitted to the module. Students failing to do this will normally be required to choose an alternative taught module in place of this dissertation module.
OverviewStudents are required to identify a viable research focus or question for their project which they will then pursue, with supervisory support, in order to submit their final dissertation. In the summer before joining the module, students will be given advice on how to identify their research focus, and by the start of the autumn term in which the module begins they will be expected to have produced a single side of A4 summarising key literature or other sources relevant to their specific project. Individual supervision will begin from the autumn term onwards. Initially this is likely to focus on clarifying the research focus or question, and situating it more deeply in existing literature and debates. Following this a clearer outline plan for conducting the research will be developed, with students then undertaking work necessary to meet each phase of this plan. If the project involves original fieldwork, the student will be expected to submit a research ethics application form for Faculty approval. As the project develops, chapter drafts will be submitted for review and discussion with the supervisor. Supervision contact time is likely to vary according to the project and student need, but will not exceed a total of 6 hours per student (including face to face supervision or time spent writing written feedback to electronically-submitted drafts). Supervisors will provide feedback on chapter drafts, which will need to be submitted to supervisors in good time before supervision meetings, but will not provide feedback on whole draft manuscripts once chapters are completed.
Supervisors will only provide supervisory support during term-time. Once the project has been agreed and a supervisor allocated in the autumn term, students will not normally be allowed to change their fundamental focus of their project (although their specific questions are likely to change as the project develops) or change their supervisor unless in highly exceptional circumstances.
This module appears in:
Total Contact Hours: 12
Method of assessment
Dissertation (12,000 words) – 100%
The reading for dissertation topics will be determined by the focus of each individual project
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature, role and significance of religion in relation to a defined context or issue.
- Make appropriate use of theoretical and substantive insights from humanities or social science disciplines appropriate to their research project to inform the project's research focus or question and to situate its argument or findings in the context of wider knowledge or debates.
- Design a coherent research project, including a clearly defined question or focus, a structured argument or methodology appropriate to the project, and a core argument or findings which clearly address the research focus or question.
- Engage with primary and secondary source material in a scholarly way, demonstrating the ability to understand religious concepts, debates and life-worlds in ways that represent them fairly, whilst also maintaining a critical understanding of their assumptions, implications, limitations or contradictions.