|Owning Department/School:||Department of Social & Policy Sciences|
|Level:||Honours (FHEQ level 6)|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
|Requisites:||After taking this unit you must take SP30058|
This unit is not available to visiting/exchange students.
The aims of the unit are:
a) To develop the student's knowledge and understanding of sociology, as set out in the learning outcomes listed below;
b) To develop the general critical and analytical powers of the student;
c) To develop research skills, with particular reference to those skills relating to investigation and analysis.
Students will design and carry out either a fieldwork based piece of research or a library-based piece of research on a sociology topic of their choosing. The dissertation will be carried out under supervision. Further details are provided in the Dissertation Handbook.
By the end of the unit the students should be able to:
* conceptualise and design a 10,000 word piece of research on a sociological topic of the students' choosing;
* conduct a thorough literature review in the area of research chosen;
* display critical and broad knowledge of research on the chosen topic;
* identify clear research aims for their dissertation.
Intellectual skills: Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of:
* the fundamental concepts of sociology relevant to the student becoming an effective practitioner;
* the fundamental concepts and theoretical basis of sociology;
* the main sources of data about social issues and a critical approach to their use;
* methodological principles and research design.
Transferable/Key skills: to develop:
* To develop critical and analytical powers in general;
* To develop research skills with particular reference to those skills relating to investigation and analysis.
* To think creatively and analytically;
* To communicate an argument;
* To evaluate others' arguments and research;
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information;
* To gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources (i.e. library, web-based, archives etc.);
* To select appropriate and relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge;
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding;
* To utilise problem solving skills;
* To reflect upon new technology and innovation within social sciences and to make decisions regarding legitimacy, reliability and effectiveness;
* Study & Learning skills (note taking, avoiding plagiarism, using the library, gathering and using information, constructing a bibliography, referencing);
* Basic Information and Computing Technology skills (word processing, email, using the web to search for information);
* Inter-personal and communication skills;
* Essay research, preparation and writing skills.
* To construct a bibliography of varying complexity
Students will choose a specific research topic and design a research project. Students will undertake either a library-based piece of research or fieldwork research on their chosen topic. This will provide the basis for their dissertation.
SP30057 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Social & Policy Sciences