Portuguese and Scottish Literature graduates will be able to:
- retrieve, sift, select and analyse and interpret information from texts and other media in Portuguese and English;
- analyse a text and reconstruct its arguments, to find its premises, and the inferences drawn from them;
- distinguish relevant from irrelevant considerations in argument
- select and apply a variety of critical approaches to problems informed by uneven evidence;
- exercise critical judgement in creating new understanding;
- extract key elements from complex information
- ask key questions and exercise rational enquiry, and will be ready to do so;
- critically to assess existing understanding and the limitations of knowledge and recognition of the need regularly to challenge/test knowledge;
- search for, evaluate and use information to develop knowledge and understanding
- possess an informed respect for the principles, methods, standards, values and boundaries of the discipline(s), as well as the capacity to question these;
- recognise the importance of reflecting on one’s learning experiences and being aware of one’s own particular learning style;
- work independently to plan, undertake and (in a scholarly and literate fashion) compose an extended piece of bibliographically-based research on aspects of Portuguese literature and culture and/or Scottish Literature.
These intellectual skills are developed through the teaching and learning programme. Each course, whatever the format of the teaching, involves discussion of key issues, practice in applying concepts both orally and in writing, analysis and interpretation of material, and feedback sessions on work produced.
Great emphasis is placed, in the various methods of assessment used, on the student’s ability to demonstrate the above skills (1-12) through the production of cogent and coherent written and oral responses to problems and tasks set. Students also submit a dissertation in their final year, which is an ideal vehicle for demonstrating these skills, although they are constantly demonstrated also throughout their other work.