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Why a dissertation?

Looking up a quick definition of ‘dissertation’ in the Oxford English Dictionary, I am told that a dissertation is either a ‘discussion, debate’ or, with some more recent examples of usage offered, ‘a spoken or written discourse upon or treatment of a subject, in which it is discussed at length; a treatise, sermon, or the like’. So, we have some options here: it is clearly a term which can be used to put forward an argument, to support a case being made by its creator or to examine a topic from several angles at some length. The only word that many students would see in an initial glance at the previous part is the word ‘length’: that is the most important ...

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