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CO4099   Long Dissertation in Comparative Literature

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: Full 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). Agreement is subject to appropriate supervision arrangements, suitability of topic and sufficient prior knowledge. 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. (Guidelines for printing and binding dissertations can be found at:

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Approval of the Comparative Literature Hons Advisor. Before taking this module you must pass CO3002. For students who have spend a semester abroad, CO3001 may replace CO3002

Anti-requisite(s): Cannot take any other dissertation module

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 workshops in Semester 1. 4 supervisory sessions per semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 11

Guided independent study hours: 290

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 10,000-word Dissertation = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Resubmission of dissertation = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr C Lawson