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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Dissertation/Capstone project
Module Code LG5048
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Daniel Marks
Semester 2: Daniel Marks
Autumn: Daniel Marks
Module TeachersDiarmuid Torney
Daniel Marks
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 25
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Students on the MSc in Climate Change can choose either one of two pathways. The first pathway requires them to write a Master’s dissertation, which is an original piece of research on a substantive topic of interest in any humanities or social science field related to climate change. The second pathway requires them to undertake a capstone project, which is a practice-oriented, problem-based substantial assignment. This could take diverse, discipline-specific forms, including an extended analysis of a real-world problem in climate policy and development of proposed solutions, development of a sustainability strategy for a business or social enterprise, development of climate change educational material for a specific context, for example. Although more practical in orientation, the capstone project must be robustly grounded in relevant academic debates, methodologies and approaches. Students will have been appraised of the requirements and implications of choosing either pathway as part of LG5049 Research Methodology, which is a pre-requisite for this module.

Learning Outcomes

1. produce a lengthy piece of original academic or practice-oriented research on a topic of the student’s choice
2. develop an in-depth expertise in a particular subject
3. carry out investigation using one or more research techniques and theoretical approaches
4. analyze, interpret, and critically evaluate research findings

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study625Dissertation research and writing
Total Workload: 625

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Extended Essay / DissertationDissertation or capstone project with 15,000 word limit100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    MCCMSc in Climate Change Policy Media & Soc

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