Project: Politics

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
22 May 2020


Requisites for this module
EC831, GV832, GV836, HR831


GV830, GV832, GV836, GV837, HR831

Key module for

BA LL12 Economics and Politics,
BA LL13 Economics and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA LL1F Economics and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC LL2F Economics and Politics,
BSC LL3F Economics and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC LL4F Economics and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA L900 International Development,
BA L901 International Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA L902 International Development (Including Placement Year),
BA L250 International Relations (Including Foundation Year),
BA L258 International Relations,
BA L259 International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA L260 International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL268 International Relations,
MPOLL269 International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL370 International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA LR59 International Relations and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA LRF9 International Relations and Modern Languages,
BA L0V0 Philosophy, Politics and Economics,
BA L0V1 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Including Placement Year),
BA L0VA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L150 Political Economics,
BA L151 Political Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L152 Political Economics (Including Placement Year),
BA 0A56 Political Theory and Public Policy (Including Year Abroad),
BA 7L29 Political Theory and Public Policy,
BA 7L30 Political Theory and Public Policy (Including Placement Year),
BA L200 Politics,
BA L201 Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L202 Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L203 Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA L219 Politics with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L2M9 Politics with Human Rights,
BA LFM9 Politics with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA L225 Politics and International Relations,
BA L226 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA L227 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
BSC L222 Politics and International Relations,
BSC L223 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BSC L224 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL234 Politics and International Relations,
MPOLL235 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL236 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA R110 International Relations and Language Studies,
BA R111 International Relations and Language Studies (Including Foundation Year)

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 between 9,000-10,000 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 12,000 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


Students may approach members of academic staff in order to ask them whether they are willing to act as their supervisor for their project. If a member of staff has agreed to act as a supervisor for a student, the student must email govquery@essex.ac.uk and fkern@essex.ac.uk with the name of the supervisor by the end of Week 4.

Students who have not found a supervisor will be assigned a supervisor who they must work with from Week 5 onwards.

Learning and teaching methods

The Capstone Project is taught through supervisions with a supervisor that are arranged between the student and the supervisor. The instructor will further provide three pre-recorded lectures and one live interactive feedback session for all Capstone Project students: Lecture 1: What is the Capstone Project? What is a puzzle and a research question? Lecture 2: What is a literature review? What is a theory and a hypothesis? Lecture 3: What methodology and data should I choose? What is ethical research? Lecture 4: Interactive Questions and Answers, live


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Research Design    30% 
Coursework   Dissertation     70% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Florian Kern, email: fkern@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Florian Kern
Module Administrator: Dr Kern fkern@essex.ac.uk Sallyann West govquery@essex.ac.uk amhalg@essex.ac.uk, pbou@essex.ac.uk govquery@essex.ac.uk Module Administrator: Sallyann West, sawest@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 6 hours, 6 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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