In many institutions the dissertation is the equivalent of a whole course, and is sometimes optional. Its length is commonly around 10,000 words, perhaps a little more or a little less. There are also degree schemes in which a shorter dissertation, usually of around 6,000 words, is possible. Whatever the length, the dissertation is likely to be the most significant, extended piece of work that you will produce during your time as an undergraduate student. It can certainly represent a challenge to your analytical and creative powers. But it also offers
This book guides students in how to construct coherent and powerful essays and
dissertations by demystifying the process of creating an argument and helping
students to develop their critical skills. It covers everything from the
beginning stages of reading critically and keeping notes, through to the final
stages of redrafting and proof-reading. It provides step-by-step instructions in
how to identify, define, connect and contrast sociological concepts and
propositions in order to produce powerful and well-evidenced arguments. Students
are shown how to apply these lessons in essay writing, and to a longer piece of
writing, such as a dissertation, as well as how to solve common problems
experienced in writing, including getting rid of waffle, overcoming writer’s
block and cutting an essay down to its required length. For students wishing to
improve their basic writing skills or to refresh their memories, the book also
gives a clear and concise overview of the most important grammatical rules in
English and how to use them to good effect in writing clear sentences and
sensible paragraphs. Examples from essays written by sociology students at
leading universities are used throughout the book. These examples are used to
show what students have done well, what could be done better and how to improve
their work using techniques of argument construction. It will be of use to
students studying sociology and related disciplines, such as politics,
anthropology and human geography, as well as for students taking a course which
draws upon sociological writing, such as nursing, social psychology or health
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challenging of my premises led to its progression. A note of thanks to my
supervisor, Professor Lyn Snodgrass, for her mentorship, knowledge and guidance
throughout the dissertation from which this paper was derived. I will always be
thankful to you.
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Department of Political Science and Umeå Center for Gender Studies,
Graduate School of Gender Studies, Umeå
( 2015 ), ‘ Governing Refugees through
Gender Equality: Rationalities of
Reconciliation in Postgenocide Rwanda ( Madison : University of Wisconsin Press ).
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While there are many different ways to present your research – in a seminar presentation, a public talk or a lecture, for example – it is likely that you will also be aiming to create a written piece. There are a wide variety of places where your writing might appear, from blogposts and online exhibitions to academic essays, dissertations and theses. Increasingly university programmes include exercises such as creating a website as formal outcomes of courses. Moreover, such formats of written work are commonly used by professionals working across the