module specification

SH7P38 - Woman and Child Abuse Dissertation (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Woman and Child Abuse Dissertation
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 60
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 600
580 hours Guided independent study
20 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Dissertation 100% 50 12-15000 word Project
Running in 2021/22

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

Woman and Child Abuse Dissertation
This triple weighted module provides the student with opportunity to conduct an extended investigation into a topic of their choice within the area of violence against women and/or children. Students will submit a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

- To integrate the skills and knowledge-base underpinning the core modules on the Woman and
Child Abuse programme and focus these on a specific question
- To apply appropriate skills of analysis and knowledge of methodologies
- To test the studentís ability to plan, organise and write a lengthy prose work.
- To promote critical reflection on the process of developing and executing a sustained piece of


The student, in consultation with their supervisor, will formulate your programme of study. This will take account of whether the student is full time or part time, their personal circumstances and the nature of the project they intend to undertake. Students are required to:
- submit a Formal Proposal Form
- have at least four meetings with their supervisor to review progress, plan future work and set an
agenda for future meeting(s). The supervisor will keep a record of these meetings.
- submit the completed dissertation by the relevant deadline and in accordance with the formal dissertation requirements

Learning and teaching

During the early stages of the dissertation, seminars and workshops will be held to familiarise students with the aims and methodology of the dissertation. In addition, specialist sessions will be held with library staff and dissertations from other programmes will be made available. Following the allocation of the dissertation supervisor, there will be formal personal dissertation supervision sessions.
This triple module programme requires a high degree of responsibility and autonomy on the part of the student in the planning and execution of a sustained piece of work. Students will receive a dissertation booklet early in the programme and will be required to produce a written proposal. Once the students have completed their proposal, students will receive written feedback. Following this an early tutorial is arranged to agree the supervision and work schedule. Student and supervisor will meet at intervals on at least 4 further occasions, and should keep a log of meetings, in which objectives for the forthcoming weeks are agreed and used for review at subsequent meetings.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this triple module, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to conduct a substantive piece of research within the students chosen field of study
  • select and justify chosen methodologies
  • conduct and write up a literature search
  • demonstrate appropriate skills in research analysis and effective communication
  • make a contribution to the chosen field of study

Assessment strategy

The module will be assessed via the dissertation which should be between 12,000 and 15,000 words excluding references and appendices. Marking will take account of:

  • literature review
  • clarity of objectives
  • analytical argument
  • organisation and presentation of materials
  • research design skills (as appropriate)
  • evaluation of the research process
  • conclusions


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