module specification

SS6P02 - Sociology Dissertation (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Sociology Dissertation
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
20 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
280 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 10%   Project proposal
Coursework 0%   Chapter draft
Dissertation 90%   Dissertation
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

The students carry out an in-depth piece of sociological research and analysis in an area of their choice. In the first half of this module students will learn about different aspects of writing a dissertation.


Prior learning requirements

All core sociology modules at levels 4 and 5

Module aims

A1. The students will use theoretical and empirical knowledge, research and analytical skills gained in their programme of study to investigate the topic and formulate a dissertation.
A2. The students will  produce an original investigation/examination of a relevant sociological topic.
A3. They will learn how to apply their knowledge of research methods, design and analysis to a specific research project. 



1. Workshops on

  • Research Question
  • Literature Review
  • Research Design – qualitative methods
  • Research design – quantitative methods
  • Ethics
  • Data Analysis and Writing Up

2. Independent work leading to a 10000 words dissertation

Learning and teaching

In the first term weekly workshops will provide the students with guidance on doing their dissertation and give them opportunities to discuss progress. The students will be required to make a short presentation on the progress of their work and submit the project proposal. In the second term they will work independently, supported by their supervisors. Supervisors will be allocated on the basis of their research and scholarship expertise in a particular topic. Learning will also be guided by reading and resources made available through the VLE.   

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
(LO1) Identify an area or theme worthy of sociological enquiry
(LO2) Use theoretical and empirical knowledge, research and analytical skills gained in their course of study to investigate an area and formulate a dissertation
(LO3) Undertake a literature search and review.
(LO4) Make a critical sociological analysis of an area or theme under investigation with particular attention being paid to the theoretical and methodological components of the analysis
(LO5) Draw conclusions from their analysis and where appropriate make possible policy recommendations
(LO6) Write a well-presented piece of work in the conventional academic format using documented sources


Assessment strategy

In week 10 the students submit a 1000 words project proposal with 10% weighting. In week 24 they submit a 2500 words draft chapter, which is not weighted, but must be passed. In week 30 they submit a 10000 words dissertation with 90% weighting.


Bryman, A.(2008)  Social Research Methods, OUP
Luker, K. (2010) Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences: Research in an Age of Info-Glut, Harvard University Press
Punch, K. (2005) The Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches Sage
Rudestan, K & Newton, R (2007)   Surviving Your Dissertation, Sage