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Published Undergraduate Dissertations

All of the dissertations here are provided by students who have obtained a 1st on their final dissertation projects from their respective universities. Whilst this journal does not use a peer-review process, all works are sourced from reputable universities and grades are confirmed by project supervisors.

By Sarah Kola,

London Metropolitan University.

This research study hypothesises that institutional discrimination contributes to an evidential school exclusion-to-youth offending pipeline in the UK. The 'school-to-prison pipeline' has been a term used within criminology which demonstrates the relationship between the education system and youth incarceration. The term argues that youth offending can be consequence to school policies which criminalise young people. In five chapters, this dissertation thematically discusses and analyses the perspectives of six British citizens to understand their experiences and opinions on a school exclusion-to-youth offending pipeline in the UK. Following a qualitative approach, three parents and three young adults participated in semi-structured interviews to gain depth in understanding each perspective and experience. The study concludes that institutional discrimination is contributory to an evidential school exclusion-to-youth offending pipeline in the UK particularly with race, gender, and disability-based discrimination. Analysis of interview data revealed new insights about lived experiences for young people involved. The study will also show that Black male youths with special educational needs are disproportionately affected by a school exclusion-to-youth offending pipeline in the UK.


Rape Myths, Victim Blaming & Under-Reporting.

By Tara Scully,

London Metropolitan University.

Male rape is a taboo topic that is only recently gaining more popularity as a research subject. In the UK it took a heinous crime like the one of Sinaga to prompt wider critical thinking about current misconceptions of what is meant by male rape. The purpose of this study was to examine and conduct a library-based research project highlighting some of the academic studies about male rape. This was achieved by using a variety of mixed media, such as journals, articles, interviews, and websites. The project examined the under reporting of male rape by using statistics from the Crime Survey of England and Wales. This project also explored how blaming the victim is ingrained in rape culture. This research also highlights the issues that male rape myths create for victims and examines some elements of trauma that male rape victims face. The findings of this essay revealed that there is a large gap between the number of sexual assaults in the Crime Survey for England and Wales and the number of reports to the police. This project also brings to light that there are still male rape myths that plague society to this day. Rape myths, trauma and victim blaming highly correlate with male victims feeling like they cannot report the crime. This research has shown that further research into the subject of male rape would be beneficial.


By Bianka Sarkozi,

London Metropolitan University.

This research has aimed to understand the influence of films and series on the perception of young people (aged 18-25) regarding the negative effects of cannabis. To achieve this objective, this study employed a quantitative approach, specifically using an online survey with 63 participants. Respondents were asked about their views on how the media portrays cannabis use, whether it influences their generation, and if individuals are aware of the harmful effects of cannabis, among other questions. A key finding of this dissertation is that depictions of cannabis in the media (series and movies) is on the rise. Moreover, series and movies seem to significantly influence young people, making them more likely to experiment with substances such as cannabis. Finally, this dissertation argues that the media presents an inaccurate representation of the harms associated with cannabis use.


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