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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

Students will have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of their choosing within English literature.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Tim Baker

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • English (EL)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EL4002 English Dissertation (Studied)
  • EL4010 Dissertation in Scottish Literature (Studied)
  • EL4503 Dissertation in Language and Linguistics (Studied)
  • EL4508 Creative Writing Folio Dissertation (Studied)
  • EL4510 Dissertation in Scottish Literature (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to pursue the individial specialized study of Scottish literature. it will afford students the opportunity to set literature in historical, theoretical and linguistic contexts according to the intellectual avenues a given student wishes to pursue. The distinctive feature of the dissertation is that, unlike any other English courses, the teaching process is through one-to-one supervision with an appropriate member of staff, and the topic of the dissertation while mediated by the advice of the supervisor, is the student's choice. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of: 1. theories and key issues relating to the study of literature 2. literature's relationship to historical, theoretical and/or linguistic contexts 3. significant works and movements of Scottish literature as well as key critical frameworks and an appropriate and precise critical language for their analysis and discussion. B: Intellectual and Practical Skills. Students will develop the ability to: 1. engage in critical thinking, through the evaluation and challenging of abstract ideas, using appropriate research methodologies and synthesising ideas drawn from a variety of source to enable reflection upon key questions relating to the study of Scottish literature; 2. read texts closely, identifying patterns (repetitions, developments, sites of difference and disunity) 3. engage with the process of learning in a constructive and self-motivated fashion, by following their own research interests. Content: This course will provide students with guidance on writing a dissertation on a topic of their own choice in Scottish literature and approved by the programme co-ordinator for the Head of School.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 8,000 word dissertation (100%).

Resit: For honours students only: candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit a new dissertation.

Formative Assessment

Feedback on draft material - in individual tutorials.



Course Learning Outcomes


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