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Researching the Ancient World: Final Year Dissertation - 40 credits (HS4335)

Staff: individual supervision (module co-ordinator is Maria Fragoulaki)

This module offers the opportunity to pursue an in-depth study of a topic that interests you: building on the work and skills developed in HS4334 Independent Second Year Study, you can either explore a question arising from other modules, or investigate a new area of the subject. The study is conducted over two semesters, with regular supervision by a member of staff, and leads to a 15-minute oral presentation and a dissertation of 8,000–10,000 words. The detailed study of a particular area of interest presented to publication standard allows the development of research and presentational skills appropriate to a wide range of future areas of employment or postgraduate study.

Core module for: BA Ancient History, Year 3
Optional for: all other Ancient History degrees, Year 3
Availability: autumn and spring semesters every year
Teaching: regular tutorials; private study
Assessment: oral presentation (20%); dissertation (80%)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, a student will be able to:

  • design a research project and locate relevant primary and secondary sources
  • work independently on a substantial project of an ancient historical or archaeological nature;
  • undertake an extensive study of a body of source material
  • understand and use critically the primary evidence;
  • employ primary evidence in a historical context;
  • display an awareness of the various debates that surround the topic and an ability to evaluate the primary evidence with reference to these debates;
  • display a knowledge of the topic under investigation and its broader historical relevance;
  • discuss the topic with coherent and logical arguments, clearly and correctly expressed in both written and oral forms;
  • employ bibliographic and referencing skills
  • deliver an oral presentation with appropriate visual aids

Related modules

Prerequisite: HS4334 Independent Second Year Study