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ED50491: Dissertation in international education and globalisation (IEG)

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Education
Credits: 30 [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 600
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Dissertation period
Assessment Summary: DS 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (DS 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: Together, the MA IEG units contribute to programme learning outcomes 1-7 for knowledge and understanding. This unit makes a key contribution to learning outcomes 7-9 for knowledge and understanding as follows.
Having studied the unit, students will be able to:
7. explain, at an advanced level, key research methods in international education research (including methods of analysis)
8. critique methodologies and methods in IEG research and when appropriate develop new research questions and hypotheses
9. understand and address research issues, methods and ethical dilemmas applicable to their own small scale research projects, and on a larger scale.

Aims: Note: aims and outcomes from the programme specification are numbered using the original numbering system.
The unit's overarching aim is to:
* provide a structured and supervised opportunity for students to design, conduct and evaluate a small-scale research project in IEG.
All of the programme's units contribute to, and have been mapped to, the programme aims. All units contribute to aims 6 and 7. This unit will make a key contribution to Programme aims 2 and 4 to develop students':
2. reflective, analytical and practical research skills and, through this, explore beliefs, knowledge and assumptions about international education and globalisation as they intersect
4. practical research skills for the fields of International Education and Globalisation together with direct experience of leading edge research and contemporary theoretical debates in the fields.
The practical research skills include:
* select and justify the focus, scope and methodology of a research study in IEG
* review, employ, and engage critically with an appropriate literature through the design, conduct and evaluation of a research study in IEG
* collect, analyse and interpret data appropriately
* draw appropriate conclusions and implications from a research study in IEG, taking account of its strengths and limitations.

Skills: Together, the MA IEG units contribute to programme learning outcomes 1-8 for intellectual and professional practical skills. This unit makes a particular contribution towards 1-4, 6, 8-15 which are:
1. demonstrate sensitivity to the values, viewpoints and interests of others
2. act both autonomously and collaboratively in planning and implementing tasks
3. demonstrate clarity of thought and quality of argument in educational issues relating to international education and globalisation
4. make critical use of the literature and professional experience the field of Education, synthesising information from a number of sources in order to gain coherent understandings and make informed judgements in the absence of complete data
6. formulate and articulate well reasoned arguments, insights and conclusions and communicate this to specialist and non-specialist audiences orally and in writing
8. assess their own learning needs and enhance their future professional practice in international education and globalisation
9. formulate research questions and research foci in the field of international education and globalization that have relevance to professional practice
10. design a small scale research project to address a research focus
11. make critical use of appropriate theory and literature in small scale research project in the field, and on a larger scale
12. design, systematically undertake, manage and analyse data, critique and evaluate a small scale research project, with support from a supervisor
13. justify decisions and choices made during the research process
14. address ethical issues and dilemmas in carrying out research
15. formulate and articulate well-reasoned arguments, insights and conclusions arising from an independent research project and communicate this orally and in writing
Transferable/ key skills (see programme skills 1-13)
Together, the MA IEG units contribute to programme learning outcomes 1-13 for transferable/ key skills. Therefore, having studied the unit, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. cross-cultural sensitivity and effective interpersonal communication skills
2. written and oral communication including presentation skills
3. critical and creative thinking skills
4. problem solving and decision making skills applied to complex and unpredictable situations and familiar and unfamiliar problems
5. independent study and learning skills
6. information skills including literature search
7. ICT skills for study, searching for information, networking, communicating ideas and discussing with others
8. ICT skills for academic and professional development
9. independent and group working skills
10. time management and organisation skills and prioritising workloads
11. producing work to meet agreed objectives and deadlines, responding appropriately to feedback from tutors and peers
12. exercising initiative and personal responsibility
13. self-evaluation of academic and professional performance as a basis for development.

Content: Detailed content is negotiated (and re-negotiated as necessary as the research unfolds) between student and supervisor.

Programme availability:

ED50491 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education


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