Extended Dissertation (SML3030)

30 credits

The dissertation enables you to direct your own learning by producing a sustained critical essay on a cultural, historical, or linguistic topic within Modern Languages and Comparative Literatures and Cultures. This requires you to devise your own research questions and programme of work, and to produce a detailed bibliography, under the guidance of an academic supervisor, with a view to writing the Dissertation. You will develop in-depth knowledge of your chosen area; identify and answer appropriate, subject-specific questions; and expand your capacity for independent study, inquiry and research.  You will also reflect on research methodologies and relevant critical theory. If you need your dissertation to count towards credits for a particular language, you must refer to primary and secondary material in your target language.