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Module Code: INR302
Module Title: International Relations: Final Year Project
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 10.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: ACYR
Originating Department: International Relations
Pre-requisites: N/A
The capstone project for the BA in International Relations, provides students with the opportunity to produce an independent piece of research under supervision that examines a specific and substantial intellectual problem in depth, making use of approaches, techniques and methodologies acquired elsewhere in the course. Planning for the Final Year Project will commence in the module on International Relations Research Methods [INR202] and research will start during the International Relations Semester of International Experience. The Final Year Project provides the experience of being engaged in library research, fieldwork, or a professional placement that leads to an individually produced dissertation or report.
Learning outcomes 
A. Identify a particular intellectual problem and produce a plan to address that problem; manage time effectively to complete their plan;

B. Locate and make use of information relevant to their project;

C. Understand the value of library research, fieldwork and practical experience in the solution of intellectual problems;

D. Design a solution to an intellectual problem;

E. Critically evaluate their own work and place it in the context of the secondary literature;

F. Prepare and deliver a formal presentation;

G. Structure and write a dissertation or report.

Method of teaching and learning 
The Final Year Project is designed to develop independent learning, under the guidance of a supervisor.

While the work concludes in the final semester of the final year of study, research and preparation for research commences in Semester 2 of Year 3 (in International Relations Research Methods [INR202] where a research proposal is first formulated, and continues during the International Relations Semester of International Experience, which includes some of the library research and fieldwork leading to the final dissertation.

Each student is assigned a specific supervisor at the start of the Final Year Project.

In Semester 2 Year 4 the Final Year Project [INR302] consists of a specialist seminar, the completion of all library research, fieldwork, and placement, all of which lead to the delivery of a dissertation by year’s end.

The specialist seminar provides introduction to advanced readings in the literature to enable a student to complete a dissertation.

Progress on each individual student project is reviewed at the start of Semester 2 Year 4 to monitor progress and provide formative feedback.

Supervisors maintain regular contact with students throughout the project to provide direction and advice as needed.

A dissertation or report is a self-contained piece of original work, written and submitted in place of two taught Level three 5 credit modules, normally based on library research, a short period of fieldwork or a placement.

Students choose to study a topic of their interest, normally focusing on China’s relations with one specific country.

Each student has a supervisor appointed from the academic staff who will act as advisor throughout their project.

Students should maintain close contact with their supervisor throughout the year.
The dissertation or report is expected to investigate their chosen topic in some depth, drawing as appropriate on library research/fieldwork/placement experience, and relevant published research and criticism, and constructing an original argument to arrive at explicitly justified interpretations and conclusions. In terms of presentation, dissertations or reports must be no longer than 10,000 words in length including references and bibliography, and be presented in an electronic readable form, preferably MS Word.

The project review, which takes place at the start of Semester 2 Year 4, requires the student to prepare a report of about 1000 words specifying title, subject of research, and intellectual problem, specifying what will be done and how, indicating particularly the role(s) of library research, fieldwork or a placement.

The topic of the dissertation or report and the program of library research/fieldwork/placement will be discussed and agreed between supervisor and student before departure on the International Relations Semester of International Experience, and formally confirmed at the start of Semester 2 Year 4.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   24  12    14  250  300 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Presentation 10.00
2 Report Of 1000 Words 20.00
3 Dissertation Of 10,000 Words 70.00

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