Research Methodologies MA-ANG-3070
Moodle Key = Methods17
Convenor: Professor Rachel Falconer
17h15, Anthropole 5093; Spring Semester 2017
The aim of this course (worth 5 credits) is to prepare students write a mémoire in English. It is therefore principally directed at students who have chosen, or may choose, English as their principle discipline of an MA in Lettres.
Requirements for validation (Pass-Fail), worth 5 credits
: in addition to participation in the seminars, including assigned reading or activities for each week, & contributing actively and intelligently to seminar discussion, students must submit a portfolio containing FOUR written assignments, which will be assessed P/F:
To be submitted by email and in hard copy by Week 12 - 16 May. Hand in, in class or in Rachel Falconer's box, outside Office 5132 (Anthropole)
Library-based research exercise. For this exercise, please refer to the workshops given by Kevin, Denis and Anita, above). Your exercise should carry out a search on one of the databases discussed, and your written account of the exercise should carefully detail the steps you took, and the discoveries you made in using these on-line tools. The write-up should be c. 1000 words (4 pages) in length.
Annotated bibliography / critical review : you should compose a bibliography of secondary criticism on a given subject (see Kirsten's workshop). c. 1000 words.
A selection of 3 log-book entries, and a 2-3-page commentary explaining why you chose these particular entries and what they reveal about your learning process- c. 1000 words (See Sarah Bacchianti's workshop)
Synopsis and critique of a research paper (which you have heard, delivered orally), theatre performance, or other relevant live event attended. This should be c. 1000 words (4 pages) in length, and should include a description of the form and content of the research event/paper. The critique should assess the strengths of the approach, its originality and usability, etc., and then should suggest any weaknesses/areas for improvement. Finally you should indicate how this paper/event might contribute, even tangentally, to the planning or writing of your own mémoire. Note: this should not be a critique of a piece of written academic criticism; for that exercise, see no. 2 above.