module specification

SS7P81 - Criminology Dissertation (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Criminology Dissertation
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 60
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 600
 
570 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Dissertation 100%   Dissertation 15,000 words
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North - Not applicable
Summer studies North - Not applicable
Autumn semester North - Not applicable

Module summary

The dissertation allows the student to undertake an independent and
sustained piece of research into a substantive topic of his or her own choosing. The dissertation
must include appropriate empirical research in the field of criminology and criminal justice. It must also be grounded in related criminological theories and relate to previous criminological research.

Module aims

The module enables students to investigate in depth a topic within the field of criminology and
criminal justice. Students can select their own research area, but this is subject to authorisation of
the course leader. The dissertation must include independent and original empirical research.
Students will be required to submit a formal dissertation plan by the beginning of the Spring Semester.
Once this has been approved, students will be allocated a dissertation tutor, and for the
remainder of the module, supervision of the dissertation will be conducted on an individual basis.
It is expected that pertinent knowledge and skills gained in other course modules will be reflected in the dissertation.

Syllabus

1. Authorisation of formal dissertation plan
2. Revision of dissertation plan if necessary

3. Allocation of dissertation supervisor

4. Dissertation workshops as necessary
5. Personal supervision sessions
6. Submission of dissertation

Learning and teaching

There will be initial workshop tie in taught sessions then a one to one session with the subject librarian. After that students will be self directed and guidance/advice will be given in regular one to one tutorial sessions and feedback via email/telephone.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of their chosen research topic

2. Critically evaluate their research findings

3. Be conversant with pertinent criminological theoretical frameworks

4. Have an advanced understanding of research methodology

5. Communicate their research findings in an academic style
Present their written work to
appropriate scholarly standards

Assessment strategy

Assessment centres on one dissertation document (100% of marks)

Bibliography

Davies, P. (Editor), Francis P. (Editor), Jupp V. (Editor) (2010)‘Doing Criminological Research‘ London : Sage
King R.D. and Wincup E. (2000) (eds) ‘Doing Research on Crime and Justice’, Oxford University Press


Noaks L and Wincup E (2004), 'Criminological research: understanding qualitative methods', London: Sage


Rudestam, KE and Newton RR (2001), 'Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process', California: Thousand Oaks


Silverman D. (1999), 'Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook', London: Sage


Silverman D. (2001), 'Interpreting Qualitative Data', London: Sage


Silverman D. (ed) (2004) 'Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice' (2nd ed.) London: Sage


Swetnam, D (2004), 'Writing your dissertation: how to plan, prepare and present successful work', Oxford: How to Books
Wincup, E. (2004) Criminological Research: Understanding Qualitative Methods London: Sage