HST 398/HST399: Dissertation
The dissertation is normally linked to the special subject, though it is also possible to choose a topic related to a further subject. It is more unusual to choose a free-standing topic, unconnected to modules being taken at level 3, but this may be possible, where supervision can be arranged within the department. The dissertation builds on study and presentational skills developed through the course assignment at level 2.
This module develops a student's skills in research, usually, though not exclusively, involving critical analysis of primary source materials, alongside advanced engagement with secondary literature. It requires students to demonstrate their ability in constructing a scholarly argument and sustaining discussion at greater length and at a more detailed level than in other points in the module.