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Unit information: Dissertation (Inclusive Theory and Practice) in 2021/22

Unit name Dissertation (Inclusive Theory and Practice)
Unit code ACHSM0004
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Demi Patsios
Open unit status Not open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

Disability Studies research is built on a sound basis of both quantitative and qualitative research methods in the Social Sciences. In addition, researchers in this field take into account the turn towards user-involvement and both emancipatory and participatory paradigms of disability research. This unit gives students the chance to undertake a dissertation in this area. This will take one of the following forms:

A small-scale empirical research study. The aim is to put into practice the key research approaches and knowledge gained from other units in the programme. An in depth literature review, which will focus on a major aspect of Disability Studies research, and will explore, argue and present findings from a theoretical point of view.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Design a small-scale research study within a Disability Studies context;
  • Identify and address ethical issues in research;
  • Explore and justify a chosen methodology;
  • Collect, analyse and report on data collected.

Alternatively, in the case of a literature-based dissertation, they will be able to:

  • Conduct a systematic literature review in a Disability Studies context;
  • Identify and address ethical issues in the research explored;
  • Critically evaluate research literature
  • Collect, analyse and report on a given topic in Disability Studies.

Teaching Information

Students will be expected to participate in adissertation workshop and provide an outline of their dissertation research, after which they will be assigned a dissertation supervisor. Thereafter individual study supported by regular, negotiated academic supervision. Students must submit an acceptable research ethics proposal to their dissertation supervisor and the dissertation unit convenor before beginning their research.

Assessment Information

A 10,000 to 15,000 word dissertation, assessed against the generic marking criteria for level M work (as in the programme handbook) and the specific learning outcomes


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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