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AM416 - Dissertation

  • Module code: AM416
  • Module name: Dissertation
  • Department: Comparative American Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will allow students to undertake a substantive piece of historical research and produce an article-length essay at the end of it. It gives students the opportunity to work in a way similar to an academic historian: identifying a suitable research topic; mastering the relevant historiography; immersing themselves in a wide variety of primary sources, where appropriate; and being able to sustain a coherent and logical argument.

Principal learning outcomes

As a final year module it will encourage students to put the training received in their earlier years of study to practical use.

Timetabled teaching activities

Each student will receive regular personal guidance from the tutor of the module selected throughout the dissertation process, which will include bibliographical advice and comments on one-page dissertation outlines. In addition, the Dissertations Coordinator will be available for general guidance and queries.

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Other essential notes

A dissertation is compulsory for all History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas students.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: AM416-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Comparative American Studies (Q405) - Year 4