POL30870 Advanced Seminar in Politics 2

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module gives advanced undergraduate students the background, training and supervision needed to engage in a substantial piece of research. Under individual supervision, students will submit a 7,000 word thesis. Participation in this module involves mostly independent work, and the self-discipline and initiative required to do substantial research. Some workshops may assist in the development of the thesis, but the focus will be on independent work.

Module must be taken in conjunction with POL30860.

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Learning Outcomes:

Students will learn:
- How to do advanced research in Politics and International Relations, involving sustained argument and a good understanding of the relevant literature and data
- How to formulate a research proposal
- The background information and methodological techniques required to do advanced research
- The skills and discipline required to do advanced, independent research

Indicative Module Content:

Thesis writing:

Students are responsible for the progress and substance of their own Honours Thesis project. This includes establishing with the supervisor a timetable for the submission of written drafts and/or meetings and then fulfilling the agreement; completion of the dissertation by the submission date; ensuring that any difficulties with the research project are drawn to the attention of the supervisor without delay; conducting their research in a professional manner and complying fully with the School and University’s policy on academic integrity and plagiarism.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
1. Independent research
2. Critical writing
3. Reflective learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
POL30500 - Advanced Seminar in Politics 2

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Thesis Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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