RSCH08011 2017 Sociology/Politics Research Project

General Details

Full Title
Sociology/Politics Research Project
Transcript Title
Research Project
85 %
Subject Area
RSCH - Research
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
20 - 20 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mary Clarke, Dr. Jacqueline O'Toole, Chris Sparks, John Pender, Gwen Scarbrough, Susan McDonnell, Sinead Barrins, Karin White, Maire Hanniffy, Martha Doyle, Breda McTaggart
Programme Membership
SG_HJOIN_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics SG_HJOIN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics SG_HJOIN_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics

This research project provides the student with an opportunity to concentrate on a specific topic of their own choosing in either sociology or politics. Students will research, compile, analyse, summarise, assess, argue, formulate, structure, and evaluate on a chosen topic. Students will show critical thinking, understanding of how knowledge is generated and used, follow ethical guidelines and be able to work independently. The student will be assigned a supervisor who will guide them through their research project.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify a sociological/political topic or problem and formulate appropriate research question(s) to answer it;


Critically discuss and synthesise relevant literature and link it with a research problem;


Discuss and reflect on research methodology and methods of data collection;


Generate data that is ethically sourced;


Critically review evidence and demonstrate the ability to collate, interrogate, position and evaluate research findings;


Analyse data and derive conclusions, juxtaposing these to existent theoretical offerings and situating these within wider discourses by providing recommendations based on research findings;


Produce and present a dissertation thesis adhering to best practice conventions and scholarly expectations.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

One to one supervision of projects will be available to all. Students must attend supervision and are advised to document their weekly progress within this research process.

Students who choose not to attend organised supervision sessions will not be provided with additional supervision.

Module Assessment Strategies

Production of a Dissertation/Research Project not exceeding 15,000 words (excluding bibliography).

Work submitted will be assessed by two members of the Social Sciences team. Both will mark the work independently, once complete they will review each other's grading/assessment of the dissertation/research project.

Repeat Assessments

Students who do not successfully complete this work will resubmit for the next available sitting. This second attempt will be capped at 40%.

Indicative Syllabus

The student will choose to complete a research project/dissertation. Dissertation/research projects topics chosen will be either student-led or academic led. They may be empirical work, critical review work or systematic review.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the preparation and planning required to successfully complete a research dissertation/project. They will demonstrate a clear rationale for the research topic chosen.

All students must undertake a rigorous, comprehensive literature review and critically evaluate secondary sources of evidence.

Students must, in consultation with their supervisor, decide on the most appropriate methodology to complete their work e.g. empirical research, extended critical theory review, systematic review.

Depending on the research path undertaken, students will complete topics following a recognised research process, as decided in conjunction with their supervisor.

All students will demonstrate a robust understanding of ethics in research and develop appropriate strategies to ensure an ethically sound research dissertation/project.

Students will present a dissertation to the required QQI standards.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Reserach Project Project Project 100 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Not Specified Project Supervision .5 Weekly 0.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bell, J with S. Waters (2014) Doing your research project. London: OUP, 6 the edition.

Bulmer, M. (1984) Sociological research methods. London: Macmillan.

Creswell, J. (2012) Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design. London: Sage. 3rd edition

Denscombe, M (2014) The good research guide for small‑scale research projects. Berkshire: Open University Press. 5th edition

Gilbert, N. (ed) (2008) Researching Social Life, London: Sage.

Halperin., S. Heath, O. (2012)Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills, research.Oxford University Press.

Kane, E. and M. O' Reilly De Brun (2001) Doing research.London: Boyars.

Marsh, C. and Elliott, J. (2008) Exploring Data, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Pierce, R. (2008). Research Methods in Politics, London: Sage. DOI:

Seale, C. (2012) Researching society and culture. London: Sage, 3rd edition.

Silverman, D. (2013) Doing qualitative research. London: Sage, 4th edition.

Walliman, N. (2004) Your Undergraduate Dissertation, London: Sage.



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Additional Information

Supervisors will guide students towards other relevant texts depending on their research topic.