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BASS Politics and Sociology / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Dissertation (20 credits)
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
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 dissertation module is only open to BSocSociology students and students on any joint programme or pathway that involves sociology (although each joint programme has its own pre-requisites or regulations about credit options etc).
In order to pursue a dissertation project involving primary qualitative data, such as observations or interviews, you must have completed a relevant qualitative research methods module in year 2 of your programme. To pursue a project involving quantitative data, you must have completed a relevant quantitative methods or statistical methods module in year 2 of your programme. Students who have not completed relevant research methods modules in year 2 may still choose the dissertation module, but they will be limited to a theoretical or library-based dissertation
The aim of the 20-credit dissertation is to give students the 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 6,000 to 7,000 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
Lecture-style material will be delivered through a mix of up to one hour pre-recorded (i.e. asynchronous) content and one hour live (i.e. synchronous) lecturer-led classes.
Individual supervision will be delivered on-campus as long as government guidelines allow, otherwise they will be delivered online., plus a virtual seminar
Dissertation of between 6,000 and 7,000 words (85%) and Research Proposal of 2500 words (15%)
Social Research Methods, Oxford, 2001
Nigel Gilbert, ed
Researching Social Life, Sage, 1993
Qualitative Researching, Sage, 1996
The Craft of Writing Sociology
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|Gemma Edwards||Unit coordinator|
|Richie Nimmo||Unit coordinator|
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and individual supervision, plus a virtual seminar