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SOCI3033 Dissertation

Module Overview

You will conduct small-scale, independent study of a chosen topic, within your particular degree pathway.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to: - To provide an opportunity under academic guidance for you to conduct small-scale, independent study of a chosen topic, within your particular degree pathway. - To gain experience in conducting social science research on an individual basis, utilising appropriate data sources and methodologies. - To develop skills in information management, analysis, critical discussion and report presentation in relation to chosen projects.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Knowledge and understanding of appropriate literature sources (theoretical and substantive) in relation to a specific research topic.
  • Locate, read and critically evaluate appropriate literature sources (theoretical and substantive) in relation to a specific research topic
  • Manage your time efficiently and effectively in carrying out an independent investigation
  • Organise information from different sources (primary and/or secondary) in a coherent and readily-retrievable manner
  • Demonstrate an ability to sustain motivation throughout your inquiries.
  • Identify and carry out procedures for overcoming routine research problems.
  • Recognise the importance of deadlines, and respond appropriately
  • Coherent understanding of your research findings.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the implications of your study and their relationship to the wider research literature.
  • How to conduct social science research including issues such as how to carry out a literature review, selecting and using methods appropriately, ethics and risk.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of your own and other related research
  • Be able to assemble a diverse range of primary and secondary information into a coherent narrative of inquiry.
  • Locate your research within a wider body of relevant research literature.
  • Identify and execute specific practical measures to maintain your research.
  • Manage the competing demands associated with small-scale research commitments


This double module gives you the opportunity to engage in in-depth independent, guided study. Once you have submitted your dissertation proposal (at the end of Year 2) you will be allocated a supervisor.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Independent study. A Dissertation supervisor will be assigned to you at the end of Year 2 and provide you with feedback on your dissertation proposal at the beginning of the summer vacation to help you to develop an action plan for your dissertation and to give advice. Learning activities include: Your dissertation supervisor will then meet with you on four further advice occasions throughout the year of the dissertation. In addition, four dissertation workshops are held across the academic year where you can get further advice about the different stages of the dissertation process.

Independent Study288
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

May, T (2001). Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process. 

Jupp, V et al (eds) (2000). Doing Criminological Research. 

Jupp, V (1989). Methods of Criminological Research. 

Seale, C (ed) (2004). Researching Society and Culture. 

Alasuutari, P (1998). An Invitation to Social Research. 

Denscombe, M (2004). The Good Research Guide for Small Scale Research Projects. 

Miller, R and Brewer, J (eds). The A-Z of Social Research : A Dictionary of Key Social Science Research Concepts. 

Noaks, L and Wincup, E ( (2004). Criminological Research: understanding qualitative methods. 

Corbetta, P (2003). Social Research: Theory, Methods and Techniques. 

King R, and Wincup, E (eds) (2000). Doing Research on Crime and Justice. 

Moore, N (2000). How to do Research: The Complete Guide to Designing and Managing Research Projects. 

Walliman, N (2001). Your Research Project: A Step-by-step Guide for the First-time Researcher. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (12000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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