Singapore University of Social Sciences

Capstone Sociology Project

Capstone Sociology Project (SOC499)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 12 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities and Social Sciences

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


This dissertation course which is on the Honours programmes requires students to apply their sociological knowledge to carry out an independent research project on a topic of their choice.Students have to decide on a topic, frame a research question, review the relevant literature, and prepare a research proposal. In addition, students are required to collect data, conduct appropriate analysis and write up a research report. To allow students to have more time for data collection and analysis, this dissertation course spans over two academic semesters.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 10
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Introduction: research topic and research questions
  • Developing a research proposal and literature review
  • Methods of data collection
  • Measurement and questionnaire design
  • Sampling design
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Writing the Sociology capstone project: final report and oral presentation

Learning Outcome

  • Formulate a research problem of their choice
  • Design a sound theoretical framework and research methodological approach on the chosen topic
  • Assess the relevant literature in a chosen research area
  • Collect primary empirical data for theoretical analysis
  • Analyse and interpret evidence and findings from the independent research project
  • Appraise various theoretical orientations of Sociology and approaches to quantitative and/or qualitative research
  • Formulate their own sociological understanding at an advanced level from an independent research project
  • Organize an independent research project, considering the practical requirements and constraints relevant to such research
  • Defend and present research findings effectively
  • Analyze and solve problems to complete a piece of independent research
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