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An undergraduate dissertation is your opportunity to engage with geographical research, first-hand. But completing a student project can be a stressful and complex process. Your Human Geography Dissertation breaks the task down into three helpful stages: • Designing: Deciding on your approach, your topic and your research question, and ensuring your project is feasible • Doing: Situating your research and selecting the best methods for your dissertation project • Delivering: Dealing with data and writing up your findings With information and task boxes, soundbites offering student insight and guidance, and links to online materials, this book offers a complete and accessible overview of the key skills needed to prepare, research, and write a successful human geography dissertation.

Getting Going: Finding A Topic
Getting Going: Finding A Topic
Chapter Map
  • Introducing topic selection
  • Topical challenges: A personal story
  • Beginning: The thoughtful and creative stage
  • Moving on: Finding a research problem
Introducing topic selection

There is something that binds academic staff and students together. All academic staff (your lecturers, personal tutor, dissertation supervisor and so on) will have once been in your shoes. We have all written our own undergraduate dissertations. We have all had to start with a blank sheet of paper when beginning the process of research. Johnston and Sidaway (2004: 2) note that university departments and schools are made up of ‘experts’ in a given area. Such experts don’t simply know a discipline, or an area of it, inside-out. They conduct research that contributes knowledge to that ...

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