English BA Dissertation

Course - first cycle - 15 credits

Overview

Admission requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: EN218E-Reading and RespondingEN208E-Academic Writing and Rhetoric IEN221E-Introduction to English GrammarEN220E-PhoneticsEN222E-Culture and RepresentationEN223E-Language AnalysisEN209E-Academic Writing and Rhetoric IIEN224E-Approaching the English Canon and EN225E-Language and Social Interaction or EN214E-Literary and Cultural Theory.

Syllabus

Course Code:
EN230E revision 1
Swedish name:
English BA Disseration
Level of specialisation
G2E
Main fields of study:
English
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
15 October 2009
Date of ratification:
18 February 2010
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
19 January 2011

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

The course can normally be included as part of a general degree at undergraduate level.

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: EN218E-Reading and RespondingEN208E-Academic Writing and Rhetoric IEN221E-Introduction to English GrammarEN220E-PhoneticsEN222E-Culture and RepresentationEN223E-Language AnalysisEN209E-Academic Writing and Rhetoric IIEN224E-Approaching the English Canon and EN225E-Language and Social Interaction or EN214E-Literary and Cultural Theory.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After finishing this course, the student:
  • understands and can show knowledge of what independent academic work entails;
  • can show knowledge of theories and methods pertaining to the study of language, literature, or culture, and
  • can show knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives: International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Nature and Resource Management, and Equality and Gender.

Skills and ability
After finishing this course, the student:
  • can formulate a research issue in the field of language, literature, or culture;
  • is able to link the research issue productively to a relevant theory or theories;
  • can search, select, evaluate, read, and refer to primary and secondary material/literature;
  • can engage with relevant methods and methodological problems;
  • can perform a linguistic, literary, or cultural analysis and draw conclusions from the analysis;
  • can present the research in a paper which follows pertinent conventions of presentation and language;
  • can, recognising their own competence, finish the research within the agreed time frame;
  • can critically and constructively respond to another student’s paper in an academic seminar, and
  • can apply knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives to issues pertaining to language, literature, or culture.

Critical skills and approach
After finishing this course, the student:
  • can reflect on their knowledge academically

Assessments

This course is examined through an independently produced Bachelor Research Paper, which is defended in an academic seminar and graded by a faculty member other than the supervisor. The student also has to oppose another student’s paper in a seminar.

Course content

The aim of this course is to allow the student to focus on a research topic within the fields of English Studies or Language and Cultural Studies, perform an independent, supervised research into the topic, present it in writing, and defend it in an academic seminar.

Learning activities

A combination of resources is available, including seminars, group work, self-study, library research, independent, supervised research, and a formal opposition seminar.

Grading system

Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Ramage, Bean and Johnson. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing, 4th ed, 2006. ISBN: 0321291506

Primary and secondary reading for the research paper is selected in cooperation with the supervisor.

Course evaluation

All students are offered an opportunity to give oral and written feedback at the end of the course. A summary of the results will be made available in the school’s web-pages.

Contact

Further information

Jean Hudson, Course Responsible
Phone: 040-66 57352
E-mail: jean.hudson@mah.se


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department School of Arts and Communication.