Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Completion of core modules at Level 2 in Philosophy OR permission of module convenor
This module will enable you carry out independent research on either a philosopher or a philosophical problem of your choice. You will learn how to set your own title, devise your own research questions and how to write an extended research essay.The module is assessed as follows:After a number of seminars on how to design and implement an extended research project, you will have regular meetings with your Dissertation Supervisor. You will submit a 1,500 word portfolio consisting of a research proposal and annotated bibliography as part of the development of your project, and finally a 7,500 word dissertation.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phi-30025/lists
The module aims to develop student's ability to identify a research/dissertation topic, formulate appropriate research questions and find and identify relevant literature and sources. The module also aims to develop student's ability to plan, structure and complete a more substantial piece of independent work than is required for curriculum-based modules.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Identify and explain a viable research topic and research question: 1,2Plan and structure a more substantial piece ofwork than is required in curriculum-based modules: 1,2Communicate effectively an extended argument in writing.: 2Critically assess the merits and drawbacks of the philosophical positions they discuss.: 2Identify, analyze and critically discuss the literature relevant to the research question: 1,2
5 compulsory seminars on research skills and research design: 5 hoursStudent engagement with online resources related to research skills and design (uploaded to module's KLE page): 5 hoursA minimum of 3/4 meetings with Supervisor in semester 1: 4 hoursA minimum of 6 meetings with Supervisor in semester 2: 6 hoursPrivate study: 280 hours
1: Portfolio weighted 15%
Description of Module Assessment
1,500 word portfolioThe portfolio will be a maximum of 1,500 words and will consist of three items:
1. The title of dissertation
2. A research plan detailing the research questions that will be addressed in the dissertation.
3. An annotated bibliography2: Dissertation weighted 85%
7,500 words independent research dissertation7,500 words independent research dissertation