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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (Social Justice) (REDU11075)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe dissertation is a major piece of research that demands significant time and commitment from the student. Through the dissertation, the student has the opportunity to identify a research topic, develop and implement a logical fieldwork plan for gathering data and undertake systematic analysis and write-up of the data. Students will be supported through this process through both the Activist Social Research course and individual meetings with a designated supervisor.
Course description Individual meetings with designated supervisor
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  14
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 28, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 16, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 544 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 15,000 word dissertation

Indicative sections may include:
Literature review
Methodology, methods and ethics
Data analysis
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Undertake a significant piece of work demonstrating substantial autonomy, initiative and decision making; Identify and define a topic of enquiry suitable for a dissertation and justify its theoretical significance and practical feasibility
  2. Search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant literature related to the identified topic of enquiry
  3. Critically reflect on and attend to the ethical issues raised by the project; Identify an appropriate methodology and use it effectively to organise and justify the collection of data
  4. Systematically analyse data collected using appropriate techniques
  5. Communicate and disseminate the research plans and findings observing appropriate academic guidelines
Reading List
Indicative reading list:

Ackerly, B. and True, J. (2010) Doing Feminist Research in Political and
Social Science. London: Palgrave.

Bryman, A. (2012) Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Denzin, N. and Giardina, M. (eds) (2009) Qualitative Inquiry and Social Justice: Towards a Politics of Hope. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.

Elliot, J. (2005) Using Narrative in Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. London: Sage.

Hammersley, M. (2000) Taking Sides in Social Research: Essays on Partisanship and Bias. London: Routledge.

Harding, S. (ed) (2004) The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader: Intellectual and Political Controversies. New York: Routledge.

Howarth, D.R. (2000) Discourse. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Laclau, E. and Mouffe, C. (2001) Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics. London: Verso.

Lincoln, Y. S. and Denzin, N. K. (eds) (2003) The Landscape of Qualitative Research: Theories and Issues. London: Sage.

Naples, N.A. (2003) Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis and Activist Research: New York: Routledge.

Stringer, E. T. (2013) Action Research. London: Sage.

Twine, F.W. and Warren, J. (2000) Racing Research, Researching Race: Methodological Dilemmas in Critical Race Studies. New York: NYU Press.

Wodak, R. and Meyer, M. (eds) (2009) Methods for Critical Discourse Analysis. London: Sage.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills autonomous working; project management; knowledge transfer; communication skills; risk assessment
Special Arrangements In lieu of teaching, students will meet individually with a designated supervisor as part of their dissertation process.
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Course organiserDr Claire Bynner
Course secretaryMs Annemarijn Huizinga
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