Research Project: Politics

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 07 October 2021
Friday 01 July 2022
12 May 2021


Requisites for this module
EC831, GV830, GV832, GV836, GV837, HR831



Key module for

BA LR59 International Relations and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA LRF9 International Relations and Modern Languages,
BA R110 International Relations and Language Studies,
BA R111 International Relations and Language Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA L215 Politics with Business,
BA L216 Politics with Business,
BA L217 Politics with Business (including Year Abroad),
BSC LL25 Politics with Business,
BSC LL26 Politics with Business,
BSC LL27 Politics with Business (including Year Abroad),
BA L212 Global Politics,
BA L213 Global Politics (including Placement Year),
BA L214 Global Politics (including Year Abroad),
BSC LL20 Politics with Data Science,
BSC LL21 Politics with Data Science,
BSC LL22 Politics with Data Science

Module description

Students in the Government Department will be expected to participate in the Capstone Project, an opportunity to conduct their own independent research and to write their own undergraduate research dissertation. The word count for the project should be 8,000 words inclusive of notes and bibliography.

Students can work in pairs for the final project to promote team building and mutual learning, but the project must in that case be 10,000 words.

Module aims

The aims of the module are to endow students with the skills necessary for putting together a well-written, well-researched dissertation and to provide them with in-depth knowledge in a specific area of research of their choosing.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will have:
Understood how to take initiative in developing a research project;
Know how to design, run, and execute their own research project;
Gained self-discipline in setting deadlines and adhering to them;
Acquired in-depth knowledge in a subject matter that they are interested in.

Module information

A Qualtrics Survey link will be sent to students during Week 1 in which they will indicate the topic they wish to pursue and the topic area of their dissertation. Final assignment of supervisor will be done centrally to avoid imbalances of supervision or mismatch of topical fit. If a member of staff has agreed to act as a supervisor for a student, the student must email govquery@essex.ac.uk with the name of the supervisor by the end of Week 1. We will try to accommodate this in the assignment of supervisors but the final decision of supervisor assignment lies with the Department of Government. Students will be notified of their supervisor assignment by Week 2 of autumn term.

Learning and teaching methods

The Capstone Project is taught through supervisions with a supervisor that are arranged between the department, student and the supervisor.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Poster  18/03/2022  5% 
Coursework   Dissertation   06/05/2022  95% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sarah Shair-Rosenfield, email: s.shairrosenfield@essex.ac.uk.
Module Administration: govquery@essex.ac.uk govquery@essex.ac.uk


There is no financial assistance from the University for travel costs associated with work placements or live projects as part of this module.

External examiner

Dr Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb
University College London
Available via Moodle
Of 776 hours, 36 (4.6%) hours available to students:
740 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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