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128302 AR Research Methodology (MA / Literature) (2020W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Teaching Mode: ONLINE
Make sure that you can participate via the moodle platform and the tool BigBlueButton.

Thursday 08.10. 10:15 - 11:45 Digital
Thursday 15.10. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 22.10. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 29.10. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 05.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 12.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 19.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 26.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 03.12. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 10.12. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 17.12. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 07.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 14.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 21.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Thursday 28.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Teaching Mode: ONSITE
The first session (8 October 2020) will be online only. Make sure that you can participate via the moodle platform and the tool BigBlueButton.

We'll then re-assess the format of further teaching (onsite, online or hybrid), once we know how many students are on the course and present in Vienna.

Course Topic:
This course provides students with a theoretical and practical toolkit for the writing of an M.A. thesis in literary and cultural studies. The emphasis of the course is not so much on the WHAT, but on the HOW of a research project, that is on the whole process of planning, organising and carrying out your thesis project.

Topics covered include, among others, the stages involved in a research process, research methodologies and critical approaches, information research and the use of databases, and formal aspects of a research paper.

We will discuss:
- how to find a topic and identify gaps in research about your material;
- the process of working from interest to topic to thesis statement;
- argumentative patterns and the creation of a table of contents;
- methods for close reading;
- strategies for writing and how to deal with writer’s block;
- the relevance of editing, correcting and re-reading your own texts;
- the differences between projects from literary and cultural studies.

If participants already work on a thesis project, they will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work with the group. Ideally, you will bring an idea or outline for your thesis project to the course, because you can then use our discussions and the portfolio tasks to actually work on your project.
The class is designed to prepare and support students with their master theses and general research. We will discuss both practical questions of how to begin such a research project as well as general research methods. We will read exemplary texts as well as theoretical texts that can help formulate your ideas. Students will be given the chance to develop a project over the course of the class, if they do not already have one. We will talk about the appropriate scope of a topic and strategies to match one's ideas to the formal requirements of a thesis. Students do not have to have a project yet; this can be developed in class. By the end of term some might have arrived at a concrete research and writing plan. Students will be asked to present a potential project in class as well as contribute to the discussions. We will discuss existing research texts for their relevance and suitability, so students should be prepared to fulfill a certain amount of reading tasks per week.

Assessment and permitted materials

1. Regular attendance and preparation of session material (students may miss two sessions)
2. General participation in class, including individual contributions as well as work in groups
3. Expert group presentation on assigned readings or individual presentation of your thesis project
4. Four portfolio tasks in the course of the semester

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Active participation and contributions in class: 20%. This includes:
a) Writing assignments in class
b) Preparation of assigned texts & active participation in discussions
- Portfolio tasks: 50%
- Expert presentation or individual presentation: 30%

Students must attain at least 60% of each to pass the course.

Marks in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 80-89%
3 (satisfactory): 70-79%
4 (pass): 60-69%
5 (fail): 0-59%

Examination topics

• Input phases combined with group work and classroom discussion
• Student input from your expert session or individual presentation
• Students' research projects (portfolio and expert presentation)

Reading list

Fabb, Nigel, and Alan Durant. How to Write Essays and Dissertations: A Guide for English Literature Students. 2. ed. New York: Routledge, 2005. Online Edition.
Dunleavy, Patrick. Authoring a PhD. London: Palgrave, 2003.
Lipson, Charles. Doing Honest Work in College. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2004.
Pope, Rob. Textual Intervention: Critical and Creative Strategies for Literary Studies. London and New York: Routledge, 1995.
Wisker, Gina. The Postgraduate Research Handbook. 2. ed. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Relevant excerpts from these publications will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

As for primary texts and material, this depends on the participants' individual projects and will be decided upon with the group in the first sessions.

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA 844; MA 844(2)
Code/Modul: MA3; MA 2.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-0116

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