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Undergraduate Course: Anthropology and Sociology of Medicine Dissertation (SCAN10083)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: ( Sociology of Medicine (STIS10013) OR Anthropology of Health and Healing (SCAN10062)) AND Understanding Medicine: Social Science Perspectives (SCAN10082)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Only available to students on the BMedSci (Honours) in Anthropology and Sociology of Medicine
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 384 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Dissertation: 8,000 words (100%)
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to select and define a feasible social science research topic, design research questions and select appropriate methods to answer them.
  2. Identify, analyse and synthesise relevant literature from a range of disciplinary perspectives and sources.
  3. Plan and complete a piece of independent study within a pre-determined time.
  4. Develop and present their own research findings and arguments in writing.
  5. Work with an academic supervisor.
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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.
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Course organiserDr Marlee Tichenor
Course secretaryMiss Karen Leung
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