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POLS590 Research Dissertation

A supervised research dissertation of up to 20,000 words on an approved topic in politics.

A supervised dissertation of up to 20,000 words in one of the four subdisciplines of politics: political theory, international relations, New Zealand politics or comparative politics. Students have 12 months to complete the dissertation, which will show employers that they have mastered an excellent capacity for independent research, argumentation and critical analysis. Successful completion is also essential for undertaking research at the PhD level. The MPols Convenors run a series of compulsory workshops to assist students develop the skills for their dissertation and each student is allocated a primary supervisor in their area of interest.

Paper title Research Dissertation
Paper code POLS590
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points 60 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (25 February 2019 - 20 February 2020), 2nd Non standard period (1 July 2019 - 26 June 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,359.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,500.00

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Limited to
MPols
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Associate Professor James Headley

Textbooks

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the paper, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of politics and show knowledge of issues and themes in the study of politics;
  • Iidentify relevant sources - primary, secondary, oral and other - for analysing politics;
  • Undertake independent, self-directed research;
  • Apply their understanding and knowledge through written analysis; and
  • Demonstrate a highly developed capacity for critical analysis.

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (25 February 2019 - 20 February 2020)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 13:00-13:50 9, 29, 36
Friday 13:00-14:50 11, 14, 19-21
Friday 13:00-15:50 18, 32
Friday 14:00-14:50 15

2nd Non standard period (1 July 2019 - 26 June 2020)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 13:00-13:50 29, 36
Friday 13:00-15:50 32