Doing Your Undergraduate Social Science Dissertation
Routledge – 2009 – 178 pages
Are you a final year social science student who has to do a dissertation or final year project? Do you have no idea where to start?
If so, Doing Your Undergraduate Social Science Dissertation is the book for you, covering the whole dissertation journey from project planning to submission. Using a mixture of useful information, exercises, practical strategies, case study material and further reading, it helps you through the process, giving hints and tips on beginning and managing your research project and working with your supervisors. Packed with proven practical advice, it also identifies many other sources of information and resources, making it your most dependable starting point and guide on your dissertation journey. Also included are links to accompanying materials on the Routledge website.
The authors have extensive experience in teaching at all levels in the social sciences, supervising social science undergraduates and dissertations.
1. What is a dissertation? 2. Getting support 3. Getting started on your dissertation 4. Literature searching 5. Designing your research methodology 6. Data collection 7. Research ethics and being a responsible researcher 8. Quantitative data analysis 9. Qualitative data analysis 10. Writing the dissertation 11. Finding your academic voice in your writing 12. Beyond submission: Making the most of your dissertation
Karen Smith is Research Fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Malcolm Todd is Senior Academic at Sheffield Hallam University, where he is Head of Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Development and Society.
Julia Waldman is Principal Research Officer at the National Foundation for Educational Research, the UK's largest independent educational research organization.
On the following pages you will find additional links, checklists, video material and exercises to support you through the dissertation process. We hope that you find them a useful addition to the book. If you come across any additional resources that you have found particularly useful, please let us know and we’lltry to incorporate them.
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