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SEL8501 : MA Sociolinguistics Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Karen Corrigan
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0
European Credit Transfer System


In keeping with the overall aims of the MA in Sociolinguistics, this module aims to build on research skills and knowledge gained in the compulsory and optional elements of the programme. In addition, this module will provide an opportunity for students to research a specialist subject in depth and prepare themselves for doctoral study in their chosen field of specialism and to write an extended piece of research.

Outline Of Syllabus

A topic relating to the compulsory elements of the programme as well as those opted for; to be arranged in consultation with the DPD and potential supervisor(s).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00School PG training programme
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1589:00589:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision81:008:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation will give students an opportunity to research a topic in-depth and to design and undertake an appropriate study in the field of sociolinguistics. They also allow the supervisor to offer staged support through guided and progressively adjusted student learning.

Lectures will provide an induction into planning and implementng a dissertation, and utilising key research resources (including libraries, online portals, databases, grey literature and other research tools such as electronic corpora). Tutorials will introduce studentsd to data storage and management methods, and to the formatting skills required to produce a polished dissertation. They will also introduce students to techniques for presenting their research proposal in oral form. Students will also be introduced to time management considerations in preparation for organsing meetings with their dissertation supervisor in semester two, and for ensuring that theyproduce written work in time to allow feedback from the supervisor.

Tutorials allow students and supervisors to:

1. Ascertain progress.
2. Identify problems.
3. Plan study tactics and discuss fieldwork techniques.
4. Develop an overarching strategy for timely completion.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3A100Word count 10,000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Since this is predominantly an independent, information-led and student-led module, the most suitable method of assessment is by means of an extended piece of writing such as a dissertation, which will test written communication skills as well as critical thinking/conceptual understanding/knowledge and the ability to conduct research in this discipline.

Research proposal: Assessment will take the form of a research proposal submitted in semester 2 which will explan the importance and research cnotext of the dissertation topic, accompanied by a concise outline of the dissertation's strucutre, a summary of methodological appracohes and source materials, and a brief review of previous work in sociolinguistics (2,000 words). Students will therefore begin the process of completing the dissertation in semester 3 with a secure foundation of ideas and methods.

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