BSocSc Sociology / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Dissertation B (40 credits)
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
A dissertation involves independent study of a topic chosen by the student after consultation with their supervisor. Sources for dissertation topics include issues in your everyday life that intrigue you and questions that have arisen in your taught modules that you would like to pursue further.
The aim of the 40-credit dissertation is to give students an extended opportunity to apply their knowledge of sociological theories and concepts. Working under the guidance of a supervisor, they will undertake primary, secondary or library research on a sociological topic of their choosing and present the results in a 12,000 to 13,000 word dissertation. The aim of the dissertation course is to provide guidance on the selection of topics, the development of the research proposal, the conduct of the research, the analysis of results, the oral presentation of the project, the process of writing, and the structure and format of the dissertation. Students will gain experience in planning, conducting and presenting sociological research.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and individual supervision, plus a virtual seminar
Dissertation of between 12,000 and 13,000 words (75%), Research Proposal of 1500 words (15%), Oral Presentation of 15 minutes (10%)
Social Research Methods, Oxford, 2001
Nigel Gilbert, ed.
Researching Social Life, Sage, 1993
Qualitative Researching, Sage, 1996
Roger Sapsford and Victor Jupp, eds.
Data Collection and Analysis, Sage/Open University, 1996
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Gemma Edwards||Unit coordinator|
Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00