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Doing Your Social Science Dissertation

Doing Your Social Science Dissertation

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280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Dissertations can be the most rewarding, and for some the most stressful, part of any undergraduate degree course, providing the opportunity for students to pursue a chosen subject in some depth, developing their expertise. The dissertation offers many challenges to those seeking to do it well and this guide is the perfect book for those seeking to succeed with their dissertation.

Judith Burnett helps students to rise to this challenge, making the most of the opportunities which a dissertation offers and overcoming the obstacles to successful completion. This book takes students through the process of doing a dissertation from turning the raw ideas into a research question, designing the research project, choosing appropriate methods, developing a research proposal, planning and executing the project, working with data, writing up, and preparing the work for presentation.

Doing A Dissertation in the Social Sciences is an invaluable guide to avoiding the pitfalls and making the most of the opportunities offered by the dissertation. It ought to be compulsory reading for undergraduate students in any social science discipline.
Introduction: why do a dissertation in the Social Sciences?
Ready to research?
What is expected in your dissertation?
How do I define a research question?
What kind of researcher am I?
How do I write the Research Proposal?
Finding sources and doing the literature review
What are the problems of real world research?
The research design
Carrying out the research
What do I do with all of this data?
Drawing conclusions and coming up with theories
Writing up
Troubleshooting: what to do if it all goes wrong


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I really liked the layout of this book. It is very clear and straight foreward and helps students doing each stage of the dissertation.

Dr Josette Bettany-Saltikov
School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside
September 10, 2010

I think it is a good additional book guiding the students in how to plan and carry out their dissertation.

Dr Monika Lohkamp
Health , Hull University
April 21, 2010

A good starting point for students who are at the initial stages of planning their dissertation. Covers key areas, and would make an excellent reference handbook. Students would then need to refer to other texts for further depth, but this is a good introductory text.

Miss Kate Mori
Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care, University of Gloucestershire
April 20, 2010

A well-laid out and accessible book, ideal for undergraduates as a starting point for their dissertation. Recommended for early reading to get them started.

Professor Chris Frost
Journalism , Liverpool John Moores University
February 9, 2010

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Judith Burnett

Judith Burnett is a lecturer at University of East London. More About Author

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