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The Dissertation Laboratory (Module)

Module description

This module is designed to teach students how to plan and conduct a specific piece of empirical social scientific research in Global Health or Social Medicine: in this case their undergraduate dissertation. Students receive four lectures in this module on the following topics: Choosing a subject for research; Formulating Research Questions; Choosing a Methodology; and Undertaking Ethical Review. Students work in small groups in the intervening weeks to develop a bespoke plan and methodology for their own undergraduate dissertation. With instruction and assistance from Staff and Graduate Teaching Assistants and in exercises that develop peer review and support they work to create a detailed plan of research for their forthcoming dissertation. They also acquire skills and experience in the process of securing ethical approval for research. In so doing they develop high level and transferable social scientific research skills necessary for successful completion of their dissertation and future employment in the field.

The specific aims of the module are:

• To introduce students to the process of research planning and the steps involved in the construction of a workable plan of research.
• To allow students to formulate and test their proposed plan of research for their dissertation.
• To provide students with the skills to critically evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of their proposed methodologies and to use peer review to aid revision.
• To instruct students in the mechanics of ethical review for social scientific research and to guide them towards successful completion of this process.
• To equip students with the skills to create workable plans for the construction and completion of small scale research projects in the social sciences.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.  

Staff information

Professor John Abraham

Teaching pattern

Semester Two

Module assessment - more information

Not applicable

Key information

Module code 5SSHM004

Credit level 5

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No