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Independent Literature Review


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: a literature review of 5000-6000 words (100%)

Module description

An independent literature review is the outcome of an extensive review of a research literature which addresses a specific theme or research question within applied linguistics and communication. It should be clearly framed within the areas of specialism of our staff.

The independent literature review of research literature should include:

  • an introduction to the chosen topic detailing the motivation and aims of the review
  • a clear summary of the theoretical, empirical and/or methodological issues and questions under consideration
  • a critical assessment of the different positions, approaches and/or findings researchers have taken
  • the implications and consequences of these for future research directions.

The review should provide a critical evaluation of the design, analytical tools, findings and interpretations found in the studies under review.

Alternative interpretations and explanations of your own should be offered where appropriate. The discussion and conclusion should include reflection on implications of this research for theory, policy or practice. The review should demonstrate the ability to identify relevant sources from the research literature, to demonstrate understanding of key theoretical and empirical research issues, and formulate coherent arguments.

You will attend three classroom-based workshops that provide guidance, training and support for when you embark on the independent literature review. You will be expected to work on your independent literature review independently. There will be no individual supervision provided.