Transnational American Studies Dissertation - US801

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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7 60 (30) DR S Grattan




For American Studies MA Students only



The dissertation is selected by the student as an independent research project and hence the curriculum is not generic. The project should contain inter or multi-disciplinary perspectives in line with the rationale of American Studies and has to contain elements of primary research and original thinking appropriate to postgraduate level work.


This module appears in:


For American Studies MA Students only

Method of assessment

The dissertation will be expected to be c. 12,000 words long. Dissertations will be double-marked internally and also by an external examiner in line with the stated aims and objectives.

Indicative reading

To be determined by individual student and supervisor, but broadly based on the year's work across the whole MA.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The dissertation element represents the culmination of the students' work on the programme. It offers students the opportunity to carry out a piece of extended independent research which builds on the work carried out during the taught part of the course, and to show their ability to organise and present their ideas in a coherent and convincing fashion.
Students who successfully complete the dissertation will:
a. have focused their efforts into the practical use of all skills acquired during the taught element of the course
b. have navigated a number of different disciplines and understand/applied them to achieve an advanced level of proficiency in American Studies
c. Have produced (and reflected on) written assignments and arguments situated within the discourse of Transnational American Studies
d. Have improved their ability to analyse, criticise and assess academic arguments and utilized a wide range of sources to this end
e. Have improved their ability to plan, research and write an original essay and to organise it around a coherent argument

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