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Dissertation / Long Project

A Thai Typewriter


Module Leaders

Dr Marco J Haenssgen

Dr Gioia Panzarella

Core - Final year only
Terms 1, 2 and 3
8 lectures
8 supervision sessions
23 weeks duration

Not available to students outside GSD

The information on this page relates to the 2021-22 academic year

Principal Aims

The module requires you to demonstrate your acquisition of a range of intellectual and practical skills for engaging with a topical issue related to any area of Global Sustainable Development. You are expected to bring together theoretical concepts and practical approaches to address a specific problem, and to demonstrate your ability to think across disciplines and produce an original intervention (a concept paper, a practical project, a film production, a long essay, an advocacy campaign etc…) in the field of sustainable development. Furthermore, the module encourages each student to design a strategy for disseminating their findings (present at a conference, publish online, publish in a journal, hold a public meeting) in the public space.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module you will have:

  • Learned to design a feasible research project;
  • Planned, implemented and managed a research project;
  • Produced a piece of original research that is based on a topical issue related to Global Sustainable Development;
  • Designed a public dissemination event to showcase your findings;
  • Presented the findings of your research project in a public forum.



Proposal (1,500 words) (10%)

Dissemination (format varies) (20%)

Dissertation (8,000) or Project (+ a 2,000-word commentary) (70%)

Hear from Single Honours GSD alumnus, Rhys, about his dissertation