ENG4591 – Master's Thesis in American studies (30)

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Course content

The Master's thesis is an independent research project of about 30–50 pages (ca. 2300 characters pr. page) based on your thesis proposal that you write in ENG4000 – Thesis Writing for English Literature, American and British Studies

Learning outcome

After completing ENG4591, you:

  • know how to plan and complete an extensive research project.
  • know how to gather and critically synthesize a substantial amoun. of information in a structured way on your selected topic,
  • have specialized insight into an individually chosen and clearly defined topic related to American culture and society.
  • are able to engage analytically with existing theories, methods and interpretations in American studies, and work independently on analyzing relevant theories, methods, arguments and interpretations within the field.
  • know how to use libraries and archives to find relevant sources and know how to apply references, footnotes and bibliography for various types of material.
  • are familiar with ethical norms for protecting sources and how to apply these norms in academic work.
  • have advanced academic writing skills.

The grade you receive on your thesis shows to what extent you have achieved these learning outcomes.

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Teaching

Individual supervision.

The agreement of supervision must be filled out together with your supervisor and submitted in one copy to your study advisor. Note that having a supervisor is an obligatory part of the master thesis and that the agreement of supervision must be approved before the thesis can be submitted.

See templates for a Master’s Thesis and guidelines for citations and references.

Examination

Deadline for submission of your Master's Thesis is June 1.

More information about deadlines, extension and submission of your Master's Thesis at ILOS

ILOS has a guide for examinators who are evaluating Master's Theses. Here you find information on what is being evaluated in your thesis:

http://www.uio.no/studier/emner/hf/ilos/ENG4394/examiner-guide-30-credit-theses.docx

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Withdrawal from an examination

A master’s thesis that is not passed may be resubmitted only once, and then within the agreed time and in revised form. A master’s thesis that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course

Credits

30

Level

Master

Teaching

Spring and autumn

Examination

Spring and autumn

Teaching language

English