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6AAQS400 Independent Study

Module Convenor: Dr Jaap Verheul

Credits: 30

Pre-requisite: 4AAQS100 Introduction to Film Studies: Forms

Module description: In this compulsory module, students in Film Studies undertake a research dissertation in their final year. In giving you the opportunity to tackle such a project, our aim is to allow you to pursue a subject or topic which is of special interest to you and which you have either not had the chance to study on the degree or one which you feel you have not been able to explore in sufficient detail. Note that this opportunity is defined as independent study – while you will be assigned a supervisor, you yourself will be expected to formulate the topic, research it and develop a structure for writing it up. 

This module requires: attending a workshop on independent study early in the summer term and the submission of a dissertation proposal towards the end of the summer term. The length of the dissertation (10,000 words) invites sustained and in-depth analysis. The dissertation is also an invitation to further develop the skills and enthusiasms which, we hope, have been fostered by the taught modules on your degree programme. In particular, the dissertation will test your independence of mind, your motivation and your ability to organise and synthesise a rich range of primary and secondary materials and arguments. The dissertation is, then, both a good way to ‘round off’ your BA degree and good preparation for the kind of work that will be required of you either in postgraduate study or in any number of professional careers. Students should take note of the fact that this module is worth 30 credits. In other words, the dissertation requires of you nothing less than the amount of total work you would be expected to do for two semester-long modules.

Assessment pattern: 1 x 10,000-word dissertation (100%)

Teaching pattern: The module will be taught via one one-hour group workshop and four hours of individual supervision.

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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