Dissertations can be the most rewarding, and for some the most stressful, part of any undergraduate degree course, providing the opportunity for students to pursue a chosen subject in some depth, developing their expertise. The dissertation offers many challenges to those seeking to do it well and this guide is the perfect book for those seeking to succeed with their dissertation.

Judith Burnett helps students to rise to this challenge, making the most of the opportunities which a dissertation offers and overcoming the obstacles to successful completion. This book takes students through the process of doing a dissertation from turning the raw ideas into a research question, designing the research project, choosing appropriate methods, developing a research proposal, planning and executing the project, working with data, writing up, and preparing the work for presentation.

Doing A Dissertation in the Social Sciences is an invaluable guide to avoiding the pitfalls and making the most of the opportunities offered by the dissertation. It ought to be compulsory reading for undergraduate students in any social science discipline.

Great Expectations: What You Need to Do for Your Dissertation

Great expectations: What you need to do for your dissertation


Doing a dissertation: why do you have to do one as part of your undergraduate programme?

Graduateness and subject benchmarks

The dissertation requirements

The structure of the dissertation: typical models

The importance of marking schemes

The supervisor and you

This chapter will help you to see how doing a dissertation fits into your degree programme. Doing social research is valued as part of doing a degree in the social sciences. Learning how to do it, how to talk about it, and how to write it up, are all competencies of graduateness as well as invaluable skills and rewarding experiences in their own right.

This chapter also provides information about what is expected of ...

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