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Doing Your Undergraduate Social Science Dissertation

A Student’s Handbook, 1st Edition

By Karen Smith, Julia Waldman, Malcolm Todd


178 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Study Skills
EDUCATION / Research