Module Information

Module Identifier
PGM1810
Module Title
Ways of Working
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
External Examiners
  • Dr Jane Wellens (Head of Graduate School - University of Nottingham)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 4 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2,500 word written assignment  75%
Semester Assessment Discussion based assessment  - Contribution to discussion during taught sessions in response to projects presented, or interaction in the resit period.  25%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the research aims, methodology and outcome/s of specific research projects across the disciplines covered by ILLCA
2. Engage in oral, constructive critical discussion of research projects with peers and staff
3. Recognise a range of research skills, structures and procedures and their relevant applications
4. Present a coherent and critically constructive response to a range of research projects in different specialist areas within ILLCA
5. Locate their own research within the academic and scholarly contest outlined within ILLCA
6. Present a coherent, written response to both individual research projects, their methodologies and outcomes and demonstrate the relationship between those projects within an over-arching intellectual and practical framework.

Brief description

A series of third year or post-doctoral students (in cases where we have Creative Fellows or similar who have recently completed PhD study) will be profiled in order to identify the breadth and wealth of research skills and methodologies in practice across the Institute at PhD level. The projects will focus on practice as research and compositional and creative practice of various kinds in order to provide a different kind of learning experience to that offered by Ways of Reading (PGM0410/MOR0510) but will not exclude more traditional, literary approaches completely.

Aims

The module aims to introduce students to a range of research areas, methodologies and outcomes relevant to individual Postgraduate study within the wider framework of the scholarly enquiry active within ILLCA. The module will provide students with insight into distinct ways of working at Postgraduate level but also an awareness and understanding of the interactivity and inter-relations between different but cognate subject areas. These areas might include the politics of translation and also more practical applications of translation, practice-based acts of translation between modes (text/image/object etc.) and media (film/print/performance etc.) and also between and across historical periods. Study of the Creative Industries and Creative production forms another important strand of scholarly enquiry at ILLCA, including the study of digital and technological developments in their impact upon established processes of creative production in theatre, film, television and literary and language studies. Likewise ILLCA engages with Cultural heritage and cultural production, and with questions around the reception and transmission of cultural and linguistic heritage, the role of cultural co-production in that creative cultural exchange and issues of memory, tradition, representation, revival and renewal. Landscape and Environment forms another strand of research enquiry as articulated in various modes of literary and performative practices, but also reaching out towards philosophical engagement with ideas of visualising, imagining and experiencing geographical, cultural, emotional and spiritual ideas of place and space, ideas of belonging to and shaping human environments.

Content

The module will include 8 x 2 hr sessions. The initial session will be an introduction to the range of PhD subject areas, methodologies and outcomes/outputs across the member departments of ILLCA. The module will include input from departmental Postgraduate Directors of PG research and the Institute Director of Postgraduate studies. This session will run twice, once in English and once in Welsh.
The next six sessions will feature individual PhD projects in their third year or recently completed (where possible). PhD projects will be introduced by the student themselves with additional input from their supervisor. Where profiled projects are Welsh language projects, there will be simultaneous translation. Each presentation will focus on:
  • The key aims and research questions of the PhD
  • The key methodological approach/es relevant to the specific project
  • The relationship between theory and methods in the specific project
  • The move from theory to practice in the specific project
There will be a closing, summative 2 hr session led by the Institute Director of Postgraduate Studies in which students discuss the range of methodological approaches presented and their relevance to their work as well as to the research in the Humanities, more generally. This session will run twice, once in English and once in Welsh.


Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7