Language Studies Dissertation
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Dr Olga Sobolev and Dr Neil Mclean
This course is available on the BSc in Language, Culture and Society. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.
The dissertation builds on first and second year linguistics or literature options offered by the Language Centre. These options require students to complete research tasks and projects as part of their coursework. Students' dissertation topics will be expected to reflect their study of appropriate options in intercultural communication, sociolinguistics or literature in their first and second years.
The dissertation will have two elements. These are the dissertation text of 7,000 words in the target language and a viva in English. Students' research questions will explore an area of linguistic or literary study or theory introduced during students first two years on the BSc in Papers 4 and 8. In addition to these courses, students will have completed SO201 and research projects written in their target language as part of their LS4 coursework. The dissertation will build on these learning experiences.
The dissertation will provide the opportunity to carry out an extended independent research project in the target language, and to present the findings of this study in two formats. The first is the text of 7,000 words written in the target language and following academic conventions in that language. The dissertation will contain the following core elements:
Literature review demonstrating the student's ability to work with a variety of sources i the target language, and justifying their research interest / niche.
Methodological framework, based on their first and second year grounding in systematic analysis within linguistic research or literary theory, and the research methods training offered in the Department of Sociology.
Original analysis of primary or secondary data specific to the topic.
The second format is the viva, during which the student will present and discuss their work with their main language teacher and a second member of the Language Centre who teaches either linguistics or literature.
10 hours of workshops in the MT. 8 hours of workshops in the LT.
Students will attend fortnightly dissertation workshops. In Michaelmas term, these will focus on the design of their project and data collection and analysis, in Lent term they will focus on presenting their findings. Students will also have two individual supervision meetings each term.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT and 2 essays and 1 presentation in the LT.
This will depend on the dissertation topic. Students will be guided by their supervisor.
Dissertation (70%, 7000 words) and presentation (30%) in the ST.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Language Centre
Total students 2020/21: Unavailable
Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable
Capped 2020/21: No
Value: One Unit
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