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CO4098 Short Dissertation in Comparative Literature

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

The dissertation offers students the possibility of personal advanced study on a topic on which they already have adequate basic knowledge and for which a suitable Supervisor can be found. Guidance will be offered on research methods and on presentation. The dissertation can be either a) a study of a given body of primary material in a given perspective, or b) a critical review of a range of secondary material on a given subject. It should be no more than 5,000 words in length, be submitted in accordance with guidelines and deadlines, and normally be written in English. The topic must be formally agreed in advance with the potential supervisor. (Guidelines for printing and binding dissertations can be found at:

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Comparative Literature

UG Pre-requisite(s):CO3001 and Permission of the Comparative Literature Honours Adviser.
UG Anti-requisite(s):a 30-credit dissertation in another subject

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 x 1-hour workshops and 4 contact hours with supervisor.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 7
  • Guided independent study: 143

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Dissertation = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Resubmission of Dissertation


Module coordinator:Prof M-A Hutton
Module teaching staff: