I’ve finally got round to uploading the final PDF copy of my undergraduate dissertation and making it available online. I’m making it public here not because I think it’s good, but for the usual reason I try to share a lot of things related to my studies. I would find it interesting to see other people’s work and read about their experiences, so I try to share mine online.
The full title of the dissertation is: “Conflicts of Ideals and Practice: Changing Trajectories of Wang Meng and Liu Binyan”. You can read the abstract and introduction in the document if you want to know more.
I wanted to wait until it had been marked and our grades had been released, as I was slightly concerned the university’s automated plagiarism flagging software might spot the upload here and think it was someone else’s work.
I got 66 for the dissertation, so a fairly solid 2:i. We don’t get any feedback about individual modules, so I can only guess what cost me the extra marks to make it a first. My guess is that there isn’t a clear enough argument or any particular thread binding the whole thing together. Overall the dissertation feels more like my random train of thought about the authors than a rigorous analysis or argument.
Anyway, I thought it might be interesting for other people doing similar undergraduate dissertations to see what I did and see where I went wrong etc. Comments and criticism welcome as always (although I’m not expecting anyone to read the whole thing!).