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Hi there I am a 4th year student studying social sciences, with particular focus on sociology and psychology, so this is my dissertation year and i,m hitting a serious panic stage as I still have no idea what to do my dissertation on. I had originally wanted to do it on the sexualisation of children with regards to mass media print and the portrayal of woman in todays society, however I quickly found this idea had been done several hundred times over and I need to bring something new and interesting to the table. I also looked at sexual behaviour in children as the topic fascinates me, however i feel a bit lost with this topic as it is a completely new area for me. These two topics would have been literature reviews as a posed to experiments, i,m now wondering if it would be easier to do an experiment? I really need some guidance as to how to pick a topic that is going to be interesting, doable, ethically appropriate and most of all fill a gap in the current knowledge which is what i am struggling with the most, any other ideas i have had have been quashed because they have all been done before. Any help on this would be very much appreciated
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Hi there I am a 4th year student studying social sciences, with particular focus on sociology and psychology, so this is my dissertation year and i,m hitting a serious panic stage as I still have no idea what to do my dissertation on. I had originally wanted to do it on the sexualisation of children with regards to mass media print and the portrayal of woman in todays society, however I quickly found this idea had been done several hundred times over and I need to bring something new and interesting to the table. I also looked at sexual behaviour in children as the topic fascinates me, however i feel a bit lost with this topic as it is a completely new area for me. These two topics would have been literature reviews as a posed to experiments, i,m now wondering if it would be easier to do an experiment? I really need some guidance as to how to pick a topic that is going to be interesting, doable, ethically appropriate and most of all fill a gap in the current knowledge which is what i am struggling with the most, any other ideas i have had have been quashed because they have all been done before. Any help on this would be very much appreciated
You can get some topic suggestions here - http://goo.gl/RHXaS5. You don't have to get it done there, but they can give you some ideas if you place an inquiry. That's what I did. They asked some of their writers to give suggestions and then I just use the topic I liked most. Good luck!
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Have you been assigned a supervisor you can ask for guidance? Or another lecturer? Unless it's a PhD I didn't think degrees had to add 'new knowledge'?

If there is as much information on your proposed topics as you suggest perhaps you could do a literature review of the current level of knowledge and understanding of a particular segment?
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Hi there I am a 4th year student studying social sciences, with particular focus on sociology and psychology, so this is my dissertation year and i,m hitting a serious panic stage as I still have no idea what to do my dissertation on. I had originally wanted to do it on the sexualisation of children with regards to mass media print and the portrayal of woman in todays society, however I quickly found this idea had been done several hundred times over and I need to bring something new and interesting to the table. I also looked at sexual behaviour in children as the topic fascinates me, however i feel a bit lost with this topic as it is a completely new area for me. These two topics would have been literature reviews as a posed to experiments, i,m now wondering if it would be easier to do an experiment? I really need some guidance as to how to pick a topic that is going to be interesting, doable, ethically appropriate and most of all fill a gap in the current knowledge which is what i am struggling with the most, any other ideas i have had have been quashed because they have all been done before. Any help on this would be very much appreciated
I found it helpful to look on news websites and see what's being discussed/hot topics right now. An example could be child sexting and moral panics? But yeah I found the news helpful and full of lots of ideas.
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