Aims/Description: This unit enables students to undertake an in-depth study on a topic of their own choice, which relates to international social change and social policy, and is guided by one-to-one academic supervision. It aims to enable students to develop and demonstrate skills in the planning, definition and management of a substantial piece of enquiry on social change and policy responses from an international perspective. The dissertation may take the form of a theoretical or policy literature-based analysis, or it may additionally involve an empirical exploration, either through primary or secondary research, of a relevant topic.

Staff Contact: Maureen Howard
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study,
Assessment: Project work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Sociological Studies):

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