Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Sociology Research Proposal

Module L4056

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

The aim of this module is to give you direct experience of designing a small-scale research project. It is intended to consolidate and build upon the knowledge base gained from the DSR research methods modules in the second year, as you will use these skills to design research on a topic of your choice. You will be assessed on how well you interpret and apply relevant methods to your research design and reflect on the strengths and limitations of your proposed strategies. You work mainly through independent study, under the guidance of a supervisor. The assessment consists of a research proposal and presentation.

Please note that students are required to pass both L3078 Doing Social Research: working with quantitative data and L3079 Doing Social Research: working with qualitative data in the second year in order to take this module in the final year.

Module learning outcomes

Design a small-scale research project on a specific topic.

Critically reflect upon the effectiveness of your research design, in terms of its methodological rigour, ethical defensibility and contribution to a field of enquiry.

Communicate research ideas to an academic audience, both in writing and by oral presentation.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ReportT1 Week 5 50.00%
PresentationT1 Week 11 (15 minutes)50.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour101000001000
Autumn SemesterWorkshop1 hour101100010000
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours010010100100

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Susann Wiedlitzka

Convenor, Assess convenor

Dr Kathryn Telling

Assess convenor, Convenor

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