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A supervised research dissertation of up to 20,000 words on an approved topic.
This is a required component of the coursework option for the MA in Sociology. The topic and timeframe for completion will be determined in consultation with the dissertation supervisor.
|Paper title||Research Dissertation|
|Teaching period(s)||1st Non standard period (1 March 2021 - 25 February 2022)
2nd Non standard period (5 July 2021 - 24 June 2022) (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,139.50|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$11,356.00|
- Limited to
- Available to students admitted to the Sociology programme in the coursework option for the Master of Arts
- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Rebecca Stringer
- Teaching Arrangements
- Individual supervision.
- There is no set textbook.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Scholarship, Self-motivation, Information Literacy, Research, Communication, Critical
Thinking, Ethics, Interdisciplinary Perspective, Global Perspective, Lifelong Learning,
Cultural Understanding, Environmental Literacy.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students successfully completing the paper will be able to demonstrate an:
- Ability to design and develop a coherent and appropriate research question that draws on the theoretical and methodological knowledge of their chosen discipline. (Scholarship, Self-motivation)
- Ability to plan, conduct, analyse and report an original research study in their chosen discipline. (Information Literacy, Research, Communication)
- Aptitude for considering and evaluating evidence; for engaging in the highest ethical standards of research and scholarship; and for approaching their research with flexibility, adaptability and creativity. (Critical Thinking, Ethics)
- Intellectual openness and curiosity and an awareness of the limits of current knowledge in their chosen field as well as the links amongst disciplines. (Interdisciplinary Perspective)
- Understanding of how their research relates to society and, where appropriate, use their research to contribute to wider society, whether within or outside New Zealand, and, where appropriate, to the environment and Māori aspirations. (Global Perspective, Lifelong Learning, Cultural Understanding, Environmental Literacy)