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.
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.
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.