Undergraduate Course: Anthropology and Sociology of Medicine Dissertation (SCAN10083)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The Anthropology and Sociology of Medicine Dissertation allows students to gain in-depth knowledge of a topic of their own choice relevant to contemporary medicine and healthcare. With support from their supervisor, students will undertake an independent research project. This will allow students to gain specialist knowledge of a topic of relevance and interest to them, and to develop important research, project management skills, oral and written communication skills.
The dissertation will be 8,000 words and will usually contain a literature review, analysis of documentary, policy and/or other secondary data. It will be submitted in April/May.
Students will identify their topic in Semester 1. A list of potential topics will be provided early in the semester, but students are also able to select and design a research project of their own choice in discussion with the course organisers and their supervisor.
Students will submit a written overview of their selected topic in the middle of Semester 1. This will form part of the assessment for the Understanding Medicine course and students will receive written feedback that will help them to refine and strengthen their project.
In the first part of Semester 2, students will take part in a workshop where they will present their chosen topic and approach. They will receive oral and written formative feedback from the course organisers and other appropriate members of staff.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 8,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Dissertation: 8,000 words (100%)
||Students will have ample opportunity to discuss the selected dissertation topics with the course organisers and their supervisors. They will receive written feedback on their proposed topic as part of the companion Understanding Medicine course and will receive oral and written feedback on a presentation they will give on their dissertation project at the beginning of Semester 1.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to select and define a feasible social science research topic, design research questions and select appropriate methods to answer them.
- Identify, analyse and synthesise relevant literature from a range of disciplinary perspectives and sources.
- Plan and complete a piece of independent study within a pre-determined time.
- Develop and present their own research findings and arguments in writing.
- Work with an academic supervisor.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||By the end of the course, students should have strengthened their skills in:
- designing and conducting social science research;
- identifying, analysing and synthesising relevant literature;
- conducting independent research;
- presenting social science research in writing.
|Course organiser||Prof Ian Harper
Tel: (0131 6)50 3816
|Course secretary||Miss Anna Hallam
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337