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BSocSc Social Anthropology
Explore human behaviour and relationships and the challenges across different cultures.

BSocSc Social Anthropology

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Dissertation A

Unit code SOAN30610
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Anthropology
Available as a free choice unit? No


This dissertation is for students on the BSocSc (Hons) in Social Anthropology.  Students will be provided with a forum for discussion on research methods, covering the key stages entailed - from crystallising research aims and objectives, devising research strategies, and organising materials for the writing process. The course places emphasis on practical workshops in the first semester, as well as theoretical and ethical concerns surrounding the politics of knowledge and ethnographic work and representation.


Students will identify clear and limited research aims and objectives thus formulating clear research questions, devise research strategies, carry out a literature search, and initial organisation of materials for the writing process. During the second semester, students will write their dissertation.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the first semester, students will be able to formulate their own research questions, be aware of how to research them in an anthropological way, be aware of both ethical and theoretical concerns on how to address the question and have completed all the necessary background work to complete a dissertation. During the second semester, students will write a dissertation supported by regular meetings with their dissertation supervisor.

Teaching and learning methods


There will be a series of optional workshops at the beginning of the first semester, complemented by one-to-one supervision with dissertation supervisors throughout the year. Whilst the workshops are optional, students will benefit from attending them.

Assessment methods

Dissertation of 12,000 words (100%)

Feedback methods

Students will receive one-to-one supervision to support their dissertation writing. They will therefore receive ongoing feedback on their progress, as long as they take advantage of the supervision on offer.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Project supervision 8
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 382

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Katherine Smith Unit coordinator

Additional notes


Workshops: Semester 1 - Monday 11.00-13.00

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