Advanced Seminar in Politics
Current Undergraduate Students
Applications for Advanced Seminar in Politics 23-24
The Advanced Seminar in Politics 1 (POL30860) and 2 (POL30870) is a year-long course where staff members of the School of Politics and International Relations introduce students to cutting edge research in the field. During the second half of the course, students write a minor thesis, under the supervision of a staff member in the school. The module has limited capacity and entry is competitive. Registration for this course is done manually.
To be eligible to take this course, you must be a final year student in 2023-24, who has completed Core Level 2 Politics modules. Students with a GPA of 3.60 and above (across all modules or across SPIRe modules only) will be eligible for consideration.
The deadline for submission is Wednesday 28th June 2023. You must include grades in your application that will be released on 23rd of June.
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N.B. The following is for your reference only. These are the module descriptions and the learning outcomes from the previous year.
POL30860 Advanced Seminar in Politics 1, Autumn
Weekly seminars will take place on Tuesdays 10am-12pm (TBC).
This module is a 5 credit module that gives advanced undergraduate students the background, training and supervision needed to engage in a substantial piece of research. A number of members of staff of the School of Politics and International Relations will provide foundational background and methodology lectures in their various fields of expertise. Students will then produce a research proposal outlining a topic for which supervision is available and including an extensive literature review. The assignment will be developed under individual supervision. Participation in this module involves a large amount of independent work, and the self-discipline and initiative required to do substantial research.
POL30870 Advanced Seminar in Politics 2, Spring
There will be no weekly lectures or seminars. Students will meet with their supervisor individually to discuss progress.
This module gives advanced undergraduate students the background, training and supervision needed to engage in a substantial piece of research. Under individual supervision, students will submit a 7,000 word thesis. Participation in this module involves mostly independent work, and the self-discipline and initiative required to do substantial research. Some workshops may assist in the development of the thesis, but the focus will be on independent work.