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PH5905: PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIETY DISSERTATION (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 Aug 2021 12:40


Course Overview

The Philosophy and Society Dissertation is a largely student-led course in which students work with a supervisor to develop a 12,000-word thesis on a topic of their choosing. In addition to the 12,000-word thesis, students also complete a 2,000-word impact statement discussing how their research project may lead to societal impact.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Third Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Michael Beaney

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The dissertation is a required part of the MLitt in Philosophy and Society degree. It is a primarily student-led research project on a topic chosen by the student in conjunction with a Philosophy Staff supervisor. The research project is tailored to the student’s particular interests and career plans. It involves writing a 12,000-word dissertation and a 2,000 word impact statement. The impact statement considers prospective academic and non-academic impacts of the research and the pathways by which that impact might be achieved.. Students are encouraged to pursue research projects that are interdisciplinary in nature.


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

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Summative Assessments

Impact Statement

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

The impact statement will be evaluated based on its clarity, feasibility, link to identified research questions, and the extent to which the proposal engages with audiences or institutions outwith philosophy.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyTo identify pathways to impact

Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 80
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

The dissertation will receive in-text as well as overall comments with the aim of providing useful feedback on the writing-style, argumentation, analysis, and conclusions. It will be double-marked.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseTo analyse the work of scholars who have written on the student’s chosen philosophical topic
ConceptualEvaluateTo evaluate the work of scholars who have written on the student’s chosen philosophical topic
ReflectionCreateTo write up the results of the student’s research in a clear and coherent manner
ReflectionCreateTo reach the student’s own conclusions on the basis of this analysis and evaluation

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyTo identify pathways to impact
ConceptualAnalyseTo analyse the work of scholars who have written on the student’s chosen philosophical topic
ReflectionCreateTo write up the results of the student’s research in a clear and coherent manner
ConceptualEvaluateTo evaluate the work of scholars who have written on the student’s chosen philosophical topic
ReflectionCreateTo reach the student’s own conclusions on the basis of this analysis and evaluation

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