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SLSP3051 Social Policy Dissertation

40 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Joanne Greenhalgh

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20


SLSP2010Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods

Module replaces

Dissertation SLSP3040 and Extended Dissertation SLSP3050.

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module students will present a dissertation which demonstrates their ability to:
- independently formulate and research a social policy question;
- carry out independent research into a topic in the field of social policy;
- show their in depth knowledge and understanding of social policy debates in their chosen topic of enquiry;
- evaluate the social policy debates and/or empirical evidence and methods they have used in the dissertation;
- write an extended piece of work in the field of social policy.


The social policy content shall be negotiated between the student and their supervisor.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session131.0013.00
Private study hours376.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

100 hours planning and reading
100 hours independent research
176 hours writing and editing

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Meetings with Supervisor

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation10,000 to 12,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/12/2018


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