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SO944 - Dissertation

  • Module code: SO944
  • Module name: Dissertation
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 60

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The dissertation module an opportunity to conduct independent research on a topic that reflects your academic interests. The module is assessed with a 15,000 word paper which will include a well-rounded presentation of an initial puzzle or problem, a justification of the research methods chosen, an extensive analysis of the central arguments or findings, relevant conclusions and a bibliography. The final result should be a coherent argument that flows logically from the initial statement of the problem, offers a detailed examination of evidence, and draws conclusions on the basis of the evidence. STudents taking this module participate in two training workshops as well as having indiviudal support from a supervisor.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to: identify research problems or questions, as well as appropriate methodologies to address them; identify, understand and critically evaluate a wide range of relevant sources; conduct research in accordance with professional ethical guidelines; identify and mobilize key concepts and theories and apply them to the research questions; produce a structured and coherent argument, supported by evidence; write to prescribed length with full use of academic conventions of writing and referencing; and manage time and workload effectively.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
60 CATS (Module code: SO944-60)
A (Assessed work only) 15000 word Dissertation 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Social and Political Thought (L3P8) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Sociology (L3PD) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Social Research (L3PE) - Year 2
  • Taught Postgraduate Science, Media and Public Policy (L3PV) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Gender and International Development (M9P7) - Year 2
Optional Core