Singapore University of Social Sciences

Capstone Sociology Project

Capstone Sociology Project (SOC499)


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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