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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP3200 Dissertation in Crime

40 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Albert Varela

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24


SLSP2010Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods

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 question within the area of crime;
- carry out independent research into a topic in the field of crime;
- show their in depth knowledge and understanding of debates in relation to crime in their chosen topic of enquiry;
- evaluate the debates and/or empirical evidence and methods they have used in the dissertation;
- write an extended piece of work in the field of crime.

Learning outcomes
Students will gain:
- an in depth knowledge directly of literature related to their chosen topic;
- knowledge of research in the area related to their chosen topic;
- practical knowledge of research.

Skills outcomes
This module provides student with the opportunity to practice and develop high level skills in:
- Written and interpersonal communication;
- Organisation and planning an extended piece of work and independent research;
- Personal skills such as problem solving, adaptability and initiative;
- Numeracy and IT and computer literacy.


The 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

Meeting with Supervisor

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationDissertation of 10,000-12,000 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

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 25/08/2023


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