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BSocSc Sociology
Learn to critically analyse and interpret societies and gain skills for a variety of careers.

BSocSc Sociology / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Dissertation B (40 credits)

Unit code SOCY30930
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Sociology
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

Assessment methods

Dissertation of between 12,000 and 13,000 words (75%), Research Proposal of 1500 words (15%), Oral Presentation of 15 minutes (10%)

Feedback methods


All sociology courses include both formative feedback – which lets you know how you’re getting on and what you could do to improve – and summative feedback – which gives you a mark for your assessed work.

Recommended reading

Alan Bryman
Social Research Methods, Oxford, 2001

Nigel Gilbert, ed.
Researching Social Life, Sage, 1993

Jennifer Mason
Qualitative Researching, Sage, 1996

Roger Sapsford and Victor Jupp, eds.
Data Collection and Analysis, Sage/Open University, 1996

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 14
Project supervision 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 380

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gemma Edwards Unit coordinator

Additional notes

2015/16 timetable

Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00

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