MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
BA Modern History and Politics options

Final Year, Component 01

Capstone Project
Essex Challenge Project

Essex Challenge Project provides you with the opportunity to work with staff at Essex County Council (ECC) on one or more research projects of interest and use to the council. Some of these research projects might involve social science analysis of health-outcomes or transportation needs, for example. The precise nature and range of research projects that you may work on vary year on year. You will receive support from staff in the Department of Government in producing these reports, some of which may involve group work.

Research Project: Politics

Prepare an 8,000 word dissertation which researches the political topic you are most passionate about.

Portfolio: Politics

This module gives students an opportunity to apply politics and international relations to address key issues facing society at the local, national and global level. For example, why do mass protests fail? What is next for women's rights in Afghanistan? Why are some civil wars so difficult to resolve? What effect will Covid-19 have on European welfare states? Is increasing political polarisation inevitable in an age of social media? This module will engage with different topics and themes to better understand how normative and positive approaches to political science and international relations can be used to comprehend issues in the contemporary world. Students will choose a topic of interest to them, conduct independent research on the topic, and produce a series of projects (a blogpost, a podcast, and a policy memo) that help them explore multifaceted ways of communicating what evidence-based research can tell society about different political events and outcomes around the world.

Research Project

You’ve spent years studying History – now is the opportunity to off your skills as a historian. The History Research Project is the culmination of the degree scheme. Building on and extending the skills developed in the earlier parts of the degree, you will contribute to historical knowledge and understanding through conducting independent research on a topic of your choice. You also have the opportunity to choose how you want to present your research. You can choose to submit an 8,000-word dissertation or a 5,000-word research report plus a public history output such as a podcast, web resources, or film script that showcases historical research for a non-academic audience. Whichever route you choose, you will be supported by the expert guidance of an academic supervisor who will help you to identify and analyse primary sources, place these in the context of secondary sources, and understand your topic in relation to wider themes and debates.

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