SOCIO390-21H (HAM)

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15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Sociology and Social Policy


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Paper Description

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This paper consists of a programme of individual research and assessment undertaken by the student working under supervision. Approval to enroll in this paper needs to be sought from the programme convenor Professor Katrina Roen and the undergraduate adviser Gemma Piercy-Cameron. The supervisor will have agreed to this as part of the process of enrolling for the paper. Therefore research topic needs to be agreed on through discussion between the student and the supervisor prior to the trimester commencing.
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Paper Structure

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This paper involves a programme of independent research, as agreed upon between the individual student and the supervisor. A detailed proposal will be developed, which includes a brief outline of the topic/research question, a brief description of the proposed methodology, and an outline of any relevant ethical issues, as well as any other components required by the individual supervisor. This proposal should also include the structure of the proposed research, along with a timeline for the completion of each specific stage.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • develop a viable research question/topic related to social policy.
    Students will develop a research question or topic that can be answered/developed within the relevant timeframe using the resources available.
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  • write an appropriately detailed research proposal.
    Students undertaking SOCIO390 will develop skills in writing a research proposal that includes a plan for completing the proposed research within the available timeframe, taking into account any relevant ethical issues.
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  • identify and review literature relevant to the research topic.
    Students undertaking SOCIO390 will develop skills in surveying and reviewing the available social policy (and other material, as relevant) literature related to their research topic, extending their capacity to critically read relevant literature.
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  • present their findings in an appropriate format.
    The structure of assessment for the SOCIO390 will be developed in discussion with the supervisor. Students will write up their findings in the format/s decided on, working independently and taking on board feedback in the process.
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The assessment requirements for SOCPY390 will be part of the research proposal, and will be developed in conjunction with, and approved by the supervisor. The assessment may comprise one piece of work, or a number of smaller assessments (e.g. book reviews, annotated bibliographies, etc). The written work should amount to between 5,000-6,000 words (excluding the reference list).
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assessment/s as agreed between individual student and supervisor
9 Apr 2021
No set time
  • Email: Lecturer
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Required readings may be established in agreement between the individual student and the supervisor.
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Online Support

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As SOCIO390 is an individual project conducted under supervision, the utilisation of online support will vary from student to student.
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This paper is worth 15 points. For a 12-week semester, students are expected to devote 25% of a full-time workload to each paper - i.e. ten hours per week throughout the entire semester. For T and S semesters, this doubles to 20 hours per week. Students are expected to manage their workload to allow for this to be undertaken in a timely fashion.
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Prerequisites: At least 60 points in Sociology papers and the approval of the undergraduate advisor and the proposed supervisor.




Restricted papers: SOCY390

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