SS7PA6 - Organised Crime and Global Security Dissertation (2023/24)
|Module approved to run in 2023/24
|Organised Crime and Global Security Dissertation
|Credit rating for module
|School of Social Sciences and Professions
|Total study hours
|Running in 2023/24(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
The dissertation is a triple-weighted module and is designed to provide an opportunity for you to undertake a substantial piece of research in their subject field. The dissertation is intended to build on the taught modules of the award and is underpinned by the Research Methods module, SS7079 Criminological Research Methods. The dissertation is designed to demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and skills developed throughout the award. It is the largest piece of assessed work undertaken on the award, and is seen as the clearest expression of your ability to study at Masters level.
The dissertation allows you to undertake an independent and sustained piece of research into a substantive topic of your 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.
The dissertation has the following aims:
1. To undertake an independent investigation of one area or topic within the field of Criminology;
2. To demonstrate advanced and original application of research knowledge and skills to the proposed topic;
3. To provide an opportunity for systematic critical reflection on the research topic and its relationship to advanced scholarship in the field of study.
There will be a series of dissertation workshops to help you get organised. An initial project proposal should be submitted to the module leader by Week 6, after which individual supervisors will be allocated.
The role of the supervisor is to act as a learning resource for you. It is your responsibility to make use of that opportunity, in consultation with the supervisor. You are therefore expected to accept responsibility for the management of your learning.
1. Authorisation of formal dissertation plan (LO1)
2. Revision of dissertation plan if necessary (LO2)
3. Allocation of dissertation supervisor (LO3)
4. Dissertation workshops as necessary (LO4)
5. Personal supervision sessions (LO5)
6. Submission of dissertation (LO6)
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
There will be initial workshops prior to you submitting your proposal including one-to-one support with the module leader. Following submission of the proposal and allocation of the supervisor, you can reasonably expect to obtain around nine hours of tutorial guidance from their supervisor. This includes time spent by your supervisor commenting on draft work submitted during the dissertation process.
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
6. Present their written work to appropriate scholarly standards
Assessment is on one dissertation document