MSc in Inequalities and Social Science Dissertation
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Dr Sam Friedman STC S216
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science. This course is not available as an outside option.
These seminars are for students on the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science only.
These seminars aim to help you to begin the process of writing your dissertation. At the end of MT we will have seminars that aim to get students thinking at a meta-level about research on inequalities and how to identify a good topic, including issues of theory, measurement and methods. Please note that the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science takes a pluralist approach and does not seek to prescribe these or any other particular theories or methods. In LT we will hold dissertation workshop seminars that aim to give individually tailored guidance on proposed research questions in small groups with fellow students who are working on similar topics or using similar methods.
2 hours of seminars in the MT. 4 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.
There will be three sessions during MT for ALL MSc students based in the Sociology department. These will be offered in conjunction with LSE Life and LSE Library and aim to provide some basic guidance about planning your dissertation, such as selecting a suitable topic, reviewing the existing literature, devising a research question and designing a research method.
Teaching arrangements may be adjusted if online teaching is required at any point.
Reading Weeks: Students on this course will have a reading week in MT Week 6 and LT Week 6, in line with departmental policy.
A title, research proposal and annotated bibliography by the end of MT plus a presentation during the ST.
Anand , S. (Ed) (2010) Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Atkinson, A.(2015), Inequality: what can be done?, Harvard UP.
Back, Les and Solomos, John (2000), Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader, Routledge
Bourguignon, F. (2017) The Globalization of Inequality, Second Edition Pincton: Princeton University Press
Butler, Judith. 2006. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge.
Collins, Patricia Hill. 2000. Black Feminist Thought. 2nd Edition. Boston: Unwin Hyman
Grusky, David and Szelenyi S ed. 2011. The Inequality Reader: Contemporary and Foundational Readings in Race, Class, and Gender . Westview Press
McKenzie, L. (2015) Getting By , Bristol: Policy Press
Piketty, Thomas (2014), Capital in the 21st century, Harvard UP
Wright, Erik O. (2005) Approaches to Class Analysis, Cambridge UP
Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in August.
Two hard copies of the dissertation, with submission sheets attached to each, to be handed in to the Sociology Hub, STC.S116, no later than 4.00pm on Thursday 19th of August 2021. An additional electronic copy to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 4.00pm on the same day.
Both hard copies and electronic copies must be submitted on time to avoid any late submission penalties.
Dissertations may be up to and no more than 10,000 words, must be word-processed and be fully referenced using a recognised citation system.
Attendance at all classes and submission of all set coursework is required.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Total students 2019/20: 38
Average class size 2019/20: 27
Controlled access 2019/20: Yes
Value: One Unit
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