Sociology Research Proposal

Module code: L4056
Level 6
30 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

The aim of this module is to give you direct experience of carrying out a small-scale research project, from the initial stages of design to the final stages of presenting your findings. It is intended to consolidate and build upon the knowledge base gained from the DSR research methods module in the second year, as you will use these skills to research a topic of your choice. You will be assessed on how well you interpret and apply the relevant methodological issues to your research design, manage the practical side of the project, and reflect on the effectiveness of your chosen strategies. You work mainly through independent study, under the guidance of a supervisor. The assessment consists of a research proposal, presentation and 8000-word written report.

Module learning outcomes

  • Design and carry out a small-scale research project on a specific topic, to be completed through the Sociology Project course.
  • Draw conclusions about the wider significance of their empirical data in relation to sociological theory and concepts.
  • Critically reflect upon the effectiveness of her/his research design, in terms of its methodological rigour, ethical defensibility and contribution to a field of enquiry.
  • Communicate research findings to an academic audience, both in writing and by oral presentation