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Undergraduate Course: Sociology Project (SCIL10045)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryA piece of supervised research
Course description In the Sociology Project students conduct their own piece of sociological research, with support from a supervisor and from the Project Preparation sessions. Students pursue sociological research into a topic of their own interest. They review existing literature in the area to formulate a topic. Students also draw on methodological ideas from their studies to formulate an appropriate research design and method of investigation, and identify ethical issues. All types of projects require students to analyse data, but the source of the data might vary: it may be gathered by the students themselves, it may be in existing data sets, or it may be existing primary sources of theoretical writing. The final project report that is submitted explains the background to the research project, explains and justifies how the research was undertaken, and reports and analyses the findings. Students also submit a research diary which tracks the progress of their research over its course, reflecting analytically on the highs and lows of the research process.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 10, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 374 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 10,000 word dissertation accompanied by a research diary
Feedback Formative feedback is provided to students at various points in the research process. Students submit a Research Proposal with a plan of their research, and supervisors provide feedback on this. Students also submit drafts of their project report and feedback is provided by supervisors on these drafts.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will be able to critically review existing literature and relate this to a proposed research project
  2. Students will be able to make informed decisions about the appropriate methodology to investigate a particular phenomenon and defend these decisions, as well as assessing their ethical consequences
  3. Students will be able to analyse empirical data/theory in order to give an insightful account of this material
  4. Students will be able to reflect on the strengths and limitations of the research design and execution of the research
  5. Students will be able to manage the development of a project from initial ideas to final project report
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Michael Rosie
Tel: (0131 6)51 1651
Course secretaryMr Ewen Miller
Tel: (0131 6)50 3925
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