LA1MB2-Modern Britain: Society, culture and history – Undergraduate Research

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Pre-requisites: LA1MB1 Modern Britain: Society, culture and history 1
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Chiara Cirillo

Email: c.cirillo@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is ONLY AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS ON THE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMME. It follows on from LA1MB1 Modern Britain 1: Society, culture and history, and aims at enabling students to broaden their understanding of modern British society, culture, politics and history, by exploring a topic chosen among those taught on LA1MB1 and carrying out guided independent undergraduate research work. Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities.


Aims:

The module aims at providing students with:




  • The opportunity to further an understanding of life in Britain today by focusing on a specific topic of interest (linked to current studies or career aspirations) chosen among those taught on LA1MB1

  • A broader understanding of a specific key aspect of life in Britain today

  • Increased awareness of the principles underlying academic research

  • Skills to carry out independent research at undergraduate level

  • Increased ability to translate research/analysis/evaluation skills into transferrable employability skills

  • Increased self-awareness and reflection; increased intercultural competence


Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the course students will be able to:




  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of one chosen specific aspect of life in Britain today

  • Carry out independent research at undergraduate level to inform the written project

  • Write the project ((in the form of an article, blog, essay, report, review) including an annotated bibliography/list of resources, as a tangible output of independent research at undergraduate level

  • Articulate the ability to translate research/analysis/evaluation skills into transferrable employability skills in the form of a reflective entry into a reflective portfolio

  • Demonstrate self- awareness and increased intercultural competence in the form of reflective entries into a reflective portfolio.


Additional outcomes:


  • Increased personal effectiveness, self-confidence and efficacy in researching independently

  • Ability to evaluate digital and paper sources

  • Digital competence skills through the search and use of relevant digital resources


Outline content:

The module will consist of four two-weekly introductory and research skills classes and workshops (weeks1-2 of term), followed by individual project supervisions at the start and half-way through the project. The first supervision will enable each student to hone their research question, method and output; the second supervision will provide feedback on the work conducted in the first part of the term. Beyond these engagements students will be working independently researching and writing up their individual projects (weeks 3-8 of term). Students will be encouraged to write a detailed research plan to support them with deadlines.


Global context:

The module enables STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMME students to broaden their understanding of a specific aspect of British politics, history, society and culture today whilst reflecting on and articulating their intercultural competence, facilitating their understanding and ability to communicate in a global context.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module consists of a series of practical classes and workshops, followed by two 30 mins individual project supervisions.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 4
Project Supervision 1
Guided independent study: 95
       
Total hours by term 100
       
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 25
Project output other than dissertation 75

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A 1,500 words written project (in the form of an article, blog, essay, report, review) on the chosen topic and a 500 words written reflective portfolio.

One Project Output and one Reflective Portfolio, both to be submitted in week 8 of the Summer Term.


Formative assessment methods:

Students will produce a research proposal and a short entry for the reflective portfolio on which written and oral feedback will be provided. During the half-way tutorial oral feedback will be given on the draft project.


Penalties for late submission:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

An overall 40% pass mark 


Reassessment arrangements:

If a student fails the overall module, the student will be asked to re-submit both the project and the reflective portfolio, but the mark will be capped at 40% according to University rules.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 16 September 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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