Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM808: Independent Study in Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are: to provide students with the opportunity to delve deeply into a particular area of interest, applying appropriate research methodologies and drawing on appropriate materials; to develop critical and analytical skills necessary to explore an area of politics that differs from but also complements the content of the taught modules of the students programme; to develop goal setting and time management skills in pursuing a personal programme of research.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate an ability to critically analyse arguments by reading and discussing key texts;
2. demonstrate an ability to present concisely sophisticated arguments, and to explain difficult points; and an ability to identify key aspects of a philosophical and theoretical debate.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. demonstrate an ability to assimilate and critically analyse data from an appropriate range of sources;
4. demonstrate an ability to develop cogent argument;
5. demonstrate an ability to communicate complex information and ideas effectively in writing.
Personal and Key Skills6. demonstrate an ability to undertake an individual research project and manage one's own time;
7. demonstrate abilities to construct and evaluate ideas, to formulate and express ideas at different levels of abstraction, and to assess and criticise the views of others.