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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSES2023056

Semester and Year Offered: Winter

Course Coordinator and Team:Shivani Nag,Prabhat Rai

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Pre-requisites: none

Course Objectives/Description:

The MA dissertation is an opportunity for the students to demonstrate their ability to work independently and conceptualize or create a scholarly writing or product (i.e., the dissertation). It involves selection of a topic; synthesis and analysis of field/reflective experiences and readings from courses; and academic writing and referencing. The process is conceptualized, planned and completed under the guidance of the faculty advisor.

Course Outcomes:

  • Undertake research independently.
  • Contextualize the problem statement within the relevant academic discourse.
  • Write a scholarly piece using academic conventions.


Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

The entire dissertation process has been divided in three stages which have been further sub-divided. Every student will be assessed at each of these stages. These stages are:

  1. Development of research proposal: Developing a good research proposal is a significant milestone in the research work. It gives a focus to the research questions that one wishes to pursue, situates them in the context of other ideas and academic research and lays out a methodological framework to carry out the research. This stage will constitute 20% of the total value of the dissertation component. It is divided into two sub-components, namely drafting the research proposal and its presentation for feedback. This feedback will help to better conceptualize the research problem and the method for the dissertation.
  2. Research process: A dissertation is not simply a finished product. The entire process of this journey involves a dialogue with the research supervisor, submission of drafts, receiving feedback and incorporating relevant suggestions. A student is expected to have a minimum of four meetings and/or submissions before submission of the first draft. This will carry 10% weightage.
  3. Research dissertation: Evaluation of the final dissertation by an external examiner and research supervisor and an open viva will be the final stage and will carry 70% of the total value of the dissertation component.


Reading List:

Student ill create a reading list based on their topic of inquiry from taught courses, literature search and in consultation with their advisors.

Assessment Details with Weighs:

  • Proposal (10%)
  • Presentation(10%)
  • Process (10%)
  • Grade (30%)
  • Examiner’s Grade (20%)
  • Voce (20%)