International development

Dissertation (Human Rights)

Module code: 827M9A
Level 7 (Masters)
45 credits in summer teaching
Teaching method: Not yet finalised
Assessment modes: Dissertation

This module provides you with the opportunity to complete under expert supervision a dissertation on a topic of your choosing relevant to the programme themes. The subject will be chosen in consultation with the Programme Convenor. You will embark on preparation of the dissertation following completion of the Research Methods and Professional Skills module and submission of a research outline. A desk-based or original empirical study will be undertaken, enabling you to pursue an in-depth research on an aspect of human rights.

Module learning outcomes

  • Identify and develop a research question within the field of the programme of study
  • Demonstrate the ability to execute a sustained programme of original research
  • To show in-depth understanding of a major theme or argument in the chosen subject, including an independent critical engagement with the topic chosen
  • Identify and apply the conceptual understandings and practical research skills necessary for the thorough and coherent exploration of their chosen topic, and to make use of appropriate primary and secondary sources and tools of analysis
  • To complete a well structured and fully-argued piece of written work meeting standard requirements of academic writing, including the review and referencing of relevant primary and secondary sources