Sociology and Criminology

Sociology Research Proposal

Module code: L4056
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture, Workshop
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 a small-scale research project or systematic theoretical study.
  • Critically reflect upon the effectiveness of your research design or plan for theoretical study, in terms of its methodological rigour, ethical defensibility and/or contribution to a field of enquiry.
  • Communicate research and/or theoretical ideas to an academic audience by assessment.