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LN214 Britain in Europe: Individual project

Module Code: LN214
Module Name: Britain in Europe: Individual project
Module Coordinator: Evan Stewart
Term 2
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

The module provides an opportunity for incoming exchange students to concentrate on a particular topic introduced in LN201 and investigate it in more depth. It is not open to students who have not already taken LN201 and not attended the study skills sessions for visiting students.

Acceptance on this module is conditional upon satisfactory performance in LN201 Britain in Europe (term 1 October - December)

It allows exchange students to develop a project autonomously, with appropriate linguistic and academic support, and to write a substantive piece of work in a non-native language.

The module aims to enhance skills in research, critical analysis and academic writing, and to foster the specific interests and aptitudes of individual students.

Students will be guided in locating a suitable research topic; mastering a relevant bibliography; immersing themselves in a wide variety of sources.

There will not be a set class, but individual support tutorials will be offered.

Possible areas of study

  • The origins of the United Kingdom and its constituent parts
  • Britain and Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Britain and Europe 1945-1993
  • Britain and Europe 1993-2016
  • Regional and national Identity in the UK
  • Britain, European Integration and Brexit
  • Immigration, migration, citizenship, and human rights in UK
  • Britain, populism and nationalism

Learning Outcomes

  • With guidance, apply and evaluate independently critical approaches to the material under analysis.
  • Argue at length and in detail about the subject matter of the dissertation, supporting the argument with evidence from primary sources and with opinions from secondary literature.
  • Analyse source material in English showing awareness of its relation to the social, historical and generic context in which it was produced, and present the results in writing.
  • Gain academic writing skills with an ability to marshal and present arguments and evidence in a well-structured, extended piece of writing.

Assessment Method

The module is based on 100% assessed work, in the form of a mini-dissertation of 4000-4500 words (excluding bibliography and footnotes). The dissertation is written in English (though quotations are usually in their original language).

Students are required to present their chosen topic to other students.