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PI5909: DISSERTATION IN POLITICAL ACTIVISM AND CAMPAIGNING (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

Students conduct independent research supervised by the coordinator or other staff members teaching on the programme into an area of political activism and campaigning. The dissertation is expected to apply the foundational theories and concepts learned in the programme’s component courses and to design a case-study driven research-based project.  Students are expected to demonstrate skills in research design, methodology, analysis, critical thinking and writing appropriate to the postgraduate level. The exact research design will be decided in consultation with the supervisor and will reflect the interests of the individual student.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Summer School Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Lynn G. Bennie

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

  • Master Of Science In Political Activism And Campaigning

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This is the dissertation course for the MSc in Political Activism and Campaigning.  It is the final element in an MSc programme where students develop their own independent, in-depth research project on an aspect of political activism and campaigning.  The 12,000-word dissertation builds on the foundational platform of the four programme courses, allowing students to apply the theoretical idea and concepts to a specific case or group of cases.   The precise topic will be agreed between the programme coordinator and student, but it should connect the overall themes of the programme with an independent research project, addressing the theme of what makes a successful campaign, and how protest turns to power.  The dissertation course is completed individually by each student, but it is closely supervised by a member of academic staff who will provide guidance and advice suitable for that topic.  Students are expected to carefully consider research design and methodology, to develop an appropriate case study analysis of a real-world campaign (or group of campaigns), and to demonstrate critical thinking and writing appropriate at this level.  Through the delivery of a research report, students will produce a critical evaluation of the impact of political activism and campaigning.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Feedback will be provided to the student either via paper, e-mail, or online marking. 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateExpertise in documenting and describing the details of an example of political campaigning and activism.
FactualUnderstandExpertise in documenting and describing the details of an example of political campaigning and activism.
ProceduralCreateThe development of appropriate research design and methodological expertise in the construction of an independent research-based dissertation.
ReflectionEvaluateThe experience of conducting an independent piece of research and the delivery of a research report containing critical evaluation of the impact of political activism and campaigning.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandExpertise in documenting and describing the details of an example of political campaigning and activism.
ConceptualEvaluateExpertise in documenting and describing the details of an example of political campaigning and activism.
ProceduralCreateThe development of appropriate research design and methodological expertise in the construction of an independent research-based dissertation.
ReflectionEvaluateThe experience of conducting an independent piece of research and the delivery of a research report containing critical evaluation of the impact of political activism and campaigning.

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