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CO4099 Long Dissertation in Comparative Literature

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Semester:Whole Year
Availability restrictions:Available only to students in the second year of the Honours programme.
Planned timetable:not applicable.

The year-long dissertation offers students the possibility to engage in advanced independent study on a topic in Comparative Literature on which they already have adequate basic knowledge and for which a suitable supervisor, or supervisors, can be found. The dissertation will, as a rule, consist of a study of a given body of primary or theoretical texts analysed in a comparatist framework. The topic must be agreed in advance by the Comparative Literature Honours Adviser following a favourable report from the proposed supervisor(s). The dissertation length is 10 000 words and is normally written in English. In addition to individual supervision, training sessions are offered on research methods, academic writing, and presentation.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Comparative Literature

UG Pre-requisite(s):CO3002. Approval of the Comparative Literature Hons Adviser. For students who have spend a semester abroad, CO3001 may replace CO3002.
UG Anti-requisite(s):Any other dissertation module

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 workshops in Semester 1. 4 supervisory sessions per semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 11
  • Guided independent study: 290

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:10,000-word Dissertation = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Resubmission of dissertation = 100%


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