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SOCI6010 Dissertation

Module Overview

You will undertake independent research on a topic of your choice within the field of Sociology and Social Policy, presenting an account of the research in the form of a dissertation. This will enable you to demonstrate skills and knowledge acquired throughout the taught component of the MSc programme. You will be provided with guidance and support by teaching staff and your allocated dissertation supervisor.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • A good understanding of the significance of modernity for the emergence of sociology as a discipline, and some of the key ways in which sociologists have gone about studying and conceptualising modern societies
  • A good understanding of the ways in which different perspectives complement or conflict with one another and of the ways in which more recent approaches have built on, rejected or attempted to tread a line between, previous approaches within the discipline
  • Be able to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of the various approaches considered, and their implications for the ways in which we go about studying the social world
  • Be able to identify and interrogate core themes within sociological analysis – such as the distinction between structure and agency – and to critically examine the different ways in which such issues have been addressed and/or ‘resolved’.


There is no overarching syllabus. Each student will discuss and agree with their supervisor a research programme tailored to their project.

Learning and Teaching

Independent Study600
Total study time600



MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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