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Unit information: Dissertation (Childhood Studies) in 2020/21

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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 Professor. Cameron
Open unit status Not open

SOAD20004 Social Research Methods



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


The dissertation is a piece of independent study enabling the student to select a field of inquiry from within Childhood Studies and carry out research in depth over a sustained period of time. Student learning is supported by regular meetings with their adviser, social research methods workshops, and symposiums, though the expectation is that the dissertation is primarily an individual piece of work.

The unit aims to:

  1. provide the student with the chance to investigate a topic of their own choice (within the broad framework of their discipline)
  2. enable the student to develop and apply knowledge and understanding gained elsewhere in the programme through independent study and learning
  3. enable the student to enhance the practical and transferable skills of locating and using knowledge and information, conveying ideas in written format, planning and managing their time
  4. Enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of social research methods through application in a project of their devising.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, the student will demonstrate:

  1. A critical understanding of theory/concepts and/or research relevant to their chosen topic;
  2. The ability to plan and undertake an extended piece of independent work within childhood studies
  3. An understanding of, and the ability to select appropriately from, social research approaches;
  4. Understanding and application of principles of ethical practice

Teaching details

Individual study supported by regular, negotiated academic supervision (5 hours) and workshops using both online teaching material and synchronous sessions. Formative assessment: An annotated bibliography prepared for the startof the academic year.

Assessment Details

Summative assessment:

One 10,000 word dissertation

Reading and References

To be negotiated with supervisor.