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Writing Successful Undergraduate Dissertations in Social Sciences

A Student’s Handbook, 2nd Edition

By Francis Jegede, Charlotte Hargreaves, Karen Smith, Philip Hodgson, Malcolm J. Todd, Julia Waldman

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Description

A practical guide for students undertaking their dissertation, Writing Successful Undergraduate Dissertations in Social Sciences uses a mixture of exercises, strategies, case study material and further reading to give hints and tips on beginning and managing a research project and working with supervisors.

Providing an accessible overview of the essential steps in conducting research and writing dissertations, this fully updated edition contains new sections on:

• the varied sources of support for students and how to make use of them

• the use of modern technologies, and digital platforms in data collection, storage and processing

• the important issues relating to ethnographic and feminist research

• how to publish through peer review publications or using self-publishing platforms

• the General Data Protection Regulation and legal issues relating to collection, storage and use of personal data

• the skills that students have acquired through writing dissertation and how those skills could become useful for future career and employability

• how students can relate their dissertations to existing theories and concepts in social sciences that relate to their dissertation

Packed with proven practical advice from ‘real life’ data, case studies and examples, Writing Successful Undergraduate Dissertations in the Social Sciences is an essential and dependable starting point and guide for any student beginning their dissertation journey in the social sciences.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, Case Studies and Appendices

Author Biographies

Acknowledgements

Preface

Chapter 1 What is a dissertation?

Chapter 2 Getting support

Chapter 3 Research questions and getting started on your dissertation

Chapter 4 Searching and reviewing literature

Chapter 5 Choosing an appropriate research methodology for your dissertation

Chapter 6 Types and sources of data

Chapter 7 Data collection

Chapter 8 Ethics and legal issues regarding social research and personal data

Chapter 9 Analysing quantitative data

Chapter 10 Analysing qualitative data

Chapter 11 Writing the dissertation

Chapter 12 Making the most of your dissertation

Appendix 1 List of Common Statistical Tests

Appendix 2 Socio-economic deprivation in English towns and cities – 2015

References

Index

About the Authors

Francis Jegede is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Diplomacy and Chair of the College Research Committee, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby, UK.

Charlotte Hargreaves is the Head of Criminology and Social Sciences at the University of Derby, UK.

Karen Smith leads Collaborative Research and Development in the School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

Philip Hodgson is the Head of the School of Law and Social Sciences at the University of Derby, UK.

Malcolm Todd is the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby, UK.

Julia Waldman has left academia and is now Film Production and Business Manager for Robin Creative Media.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU028000
EDUCATION / Study Skills
EDU037000
EDUCATION / Research