Rationale for assessment design:
The 6000 word essay helps you to prepare for the MA dissertation (15000 words). Essay writing supports the development of skills for an independent researcher, which is key for academic careers (e.g. PhD) but also for numerous job profiles in industry and public services.
Links to course learning outcomes:
At the end of the course you should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the general social, psychological and political issues relating to life in a linguistically and culturally diverse environment;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of intercultural theory and of relevant methodological approaches from related disciplines;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Europe’s diverse linguistic and cultural heritage and identify the implications of such diversity for areas of policy and future development;
- understand and analyse the ways in which deeply rooted cultural assumptions may influence national responses to European initiatives.
- generalise, apply and transfer your previous and your new learning and experience;
- draw on relevant intercultural theory and theory from a range of relevant disciplines in studying and analysing significant cross-cultural issues in new and original way;
- assess the value of evolving intercultural theory and methods as a result of your own observations and analyses;
- demonstrate the ability to work with increasing degrees of independence;
- design, implement and evaluate a personal learning programme in which you bring together your language and cultural knowledge, and your deeper understanding of policy issues and of theory and method, to analyse and reflect upon some of the intercultural issues of the first part of the 21st century.