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Unit information: Dissertation (SWDTC) in 2020/21

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Unit name Dissertation (SWDTC)
Unit code POLIM0008
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Ms. Surridge
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The dissertation is an opportunity to carry out independent study, enabling the student to select a field of inquiry relevant to social work and to carry out research in depth over a sustained period. Student learning is supported by regular individual supervision sessions, though the expectation is that the dissertation is primarily an individual piece of work.

Intended learning outcomes

The dissertation is an extended piece of written work that provides an opportunity to identify and investigate a particular question and explore it systematically. A dissertation aims to develop independent critical thought on a research topic. The broad educational purpose of the dissertation is to encourage students to utilise a wide range of methodological options, to research the literature on a specialism within a discipline, and to develop, with the help of a Dissertation Supervisor, an original angle on a topic of social scientific interest which he or she has elected to pursue.

Teaching details

Independent Study

Assessment Details

15% - dissertation proposal (1500 words) in the style of a research proposal outlining the purpose and direction of the dissertation, why is it important and how is the research to be carried out (ILOs 1,2 and 4)

85% - 10,000 - 15,000 word dissertation (all ILOs)

Support will be provided for both submissions as part of the supervision process, with guidelines provided by the supervisor.

Reading and References

As per the field of inquiry