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Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)

Module ANTH3382: Anthropology Dissertation CH/HNS/LA

Department: Anthropology

ANTH3382: Anthropology Dissertation CH/HNS/LA

Type Tied Level 3 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to LMV0
Tied to LMVA
Tied to CFG0
Tied to LA01


  • Appropriate methods module in another department AND at least 80 credits in Level 1/Level 2 Anthropology modules.


  • One or more Final Honours modules in Anthropology.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Any other 20 or 40 credit dissertation module.


  • To significantly develop students' skills in independent research and project management by producing an extended dissertation (12,000 words) on a selected specialist topic that addresses a research question defined within the field of anthropology.


  • The student will undertake an extended piece of supervised independent research and investigate in depth the approved topic through either library-based research, or via practical, laboratory and/or field techniques appropriate to the students prior training.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will have:
  • Developed and researched a significant topic defined within the scope of anthropology and other subjects cognate to the programme of study, as appropriate.
  • Developed a deep knowledge of the specialist area selected capable of reasonably complete treatment within the given word limit.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Production of a detailed research-led dissertation, using a range of core practical and interpretative skills.
  • Undertaking of research in and analysing the significant topic, applying the transferable skills listed below.
Key Skills:
  • Undertaking independent study and research.
  • Effective negotiation (with Supervisor/Advisor)
  • Development and execution of a programme of primary research, taking into account the potential for interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Sampling, collection, recording and critical analysis of primary and secondary data as the result of accessing library, museum, archive and/or internet resources.
  • Preparation and effective communication of research methods, data, results, interpretations and arguments written and visual form.
  • Use of computer and/or information technology to produce a clearly expressed and illustrated dissertation.
  • Time management and negotiation.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • This module is taught through self-guided learning supported by feedback.
  • It is assessed through a written dissertation.
  • Tutorials will focus on discussion and feedback between a tutor and student, in a relatively informal learning environment, enabling the student to enhance, discuss, question and receive feedback on their knowledge and to gain experience in oral communication.
  • Self-guided learning comprises personal study, research, revision and evaluation associated with tutorials and assignments; guided by lecturers, tutors and reading lists of specialist books, articles and web-sites.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 2 2 in Michaelmas 1 hour 2
Tutorials 4 2 in first term and 2 in second term 1 hour 4
Dissertation Consultations to be arranged with supervisor 4
Drop-in clinics Approximately fortnightly 10
Preparation & Reading 380
Total 400

Summative Assessment

Component: Dissertation Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Dissertation 12000 words maximum (excluding bibliography and appendices) 100%

Formative Assessment:

Formative assessments will consist of drafts of the main sections of the dissertation, including a draft literature review and research timetable in Michaelmas Term, leading to a full thesis draft in Epiphany Term.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University