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Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

SP50221: International development extended essay (MID)

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: This unit may only be taken in consultation with the Director of Studies.
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To allow study fellows the opportunity to develop a more in depth understanding of a key development issue of their own choice.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students will have identified and examined in considerable depth a specialist development issue of their own choosing. They should have a deeper, more coherent, and more analytical of the selected topic.

Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays) (Taught/Facilitated). Ability to select, analyse and present numerical data (T/F/Assessed). Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources (T/F/A). Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models (T/F/A). Ability to synthesise multidisciplinary perspectives on the same problem (T/F/A). Ability to formulate a research question, then develop and present an original & coherent answer (T/F/A). Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (T/F/A). Ability to work independently, without close supervision of guidance (T/F/A).

This unit is intended primarily for those with strong research career interests, or a clear vocational specialism who can thereby justify focusing on a particular issue, and who have demonstrated a capacity for self-guided work. The extended essay should be on a topic that is quite distinct from their intended dissertation topic or regional specialisation essay. This unit may be linked to a placement or internship within a particular development organisation.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

SP50221 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
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