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Undergraduate Course: Social Work Dissertation (UG) (SCWR10036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe subject of the Dissertation will be an investigation of relevant, social work-related topic

It will include a review of existing research and come to a conclusion about the issues raised in the literature. The Dissertation will then set out the legal, policy and demographic contexts to the topic before going on to draw out lessons for policy and practice.

It should be noted that this dissertation may not be necessarily based on the collection of empirical data by the student, although students are expected to demonstrate a methodological approach to their study.
Course description Dissertation
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 3, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8, Online Activities 25, Other Study Hours 41, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 315 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will based on:

Formative assignment - Annotated Bibliography (2000 words)submitted at the start of year 4.

Summative assignment - Dissertation (8,000 words)
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Ability to define and provide a clear rationale for the topic chosen
  2. Ability to carry out a literature search (through library and internet research)
  3. Ability to present an evaluation of findings
  4. Ability to identify implications for social work policy and practice.
Reading List
Allison, B. (1997) Preparing Dissertations and Theses London, Kogan Page.

Bell, J. (1999) (3rd ed.) Doing Your Research Project Buckingham, Open University Press.

Humphries. B (2000) Research in Social Care and Social Welfare, London: Jessica Kingsley.

Kohler, C. (ed) (1994) Qualitative studies in social work research, Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage.

Mark, R. (1996) Research made simple: a handbook for social workers, Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage.

Mounsey, C. (2002) Essays and Dissertations. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2002) Real world research: a resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers, Oxford, UK: 2nd ed. Madden, Mass.: Blackwell.

Watson, F, Burrows H and Player C. (2002) Integrating theory and practice in social work education, London: Jessica Kingsley.

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Course organiserMs Ruth Forbes
Tel: (0131 6)51 1485
Course secretaryMrs Jane Marshall
Tel: (0131 6)50 3912
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