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Unit information: Dissertation (Childhood Studies) in 2016/17

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Unit name Dissertation (Childhood Studies)
Unit code SPOL30033
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Jo Staines
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

none

Co-requisites

none

School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

The dissertation is a 10 000 word independent study enabling the student to select a field of inquiry and carry out research in depth over a sustained period of time. Student learning is supported by regular individual and, at times, group supervision, though the expectation is that the dissertation is primarily an individual piece of work.

The unit aims to:

1. provide students with a chance to investigate a topic of their own choice (within the broad framework of Childhood Studies).

2. enable students to develop and apply knowledge and understanding gained elsewhere in the programme through independent study and learning.

3. enable students to enhance the practical and transferable skills of locating and using knowledge and information, conveying ideas in written format, planning and managing their time.

The unit aims to:

Provide students with a chance to investigate a topic of their own choice (within the broad framework of Childhood Studies). Enable students to develop and apply knowledge and understanding gained elsewhere in the programme through independent study and learning. Enable students to enhance the practical and transferable skills of locating and using knowledge and information, conveying ideas in written format, planning and managing their time.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will demonstrate, through the production of an extended piece of work:

1. understanding of, and ability to relate relevant theory to their chosen topic;

2. understanding of, and the ability to select a relevant form of method of enquiry;

3. ability to plan and carry out a sustained piece of independent study.

Teaching details

Individual study supported by regular, negotiated academic supervision. 5hrs individual contact with your supervisor.

Regular 2 hour dissertation workshops addressing methodologies, analysis and writing a dissertation.

Participation in 2 dissertation conferences within the School for Policy Studies.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment:

One formal dissertation proposal and draft literature review of 2000 words Summative assessment:

One 10,000 word dissertation

Reading and References

To be negotiated with supervisor.

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