20 credits at level HE7
This module provides students with a working knowledge of the principles and practice of research design within the social sciences so that they are equipped to plan and undertake independent research at advanced level.
Foundations, paradigms and key perspectives within social research:
Processes and Criteria within Social Research:
Perspectives on researcher / relationships within fieldwork settings including issues related to gatekeepers
Ethical Issues and accountability in research
Key Concepts within Approaches to Research:
Generalisability, validity, objectivity, reflexivity
Sampling and representativeness
Constructing a research proposal:
Literature and conceptual foundations
Devising research questions
The module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures; guided reading, seminars and workshops. The module will be inter-disciplinary and so provision will be made for students to appreciate the similarities and differences between different disciplinary approaches to undertaking research: there will be occasions when students will benefit from meeting within an interdisciplinary group, and other times when discipline-based small groupwork is more appropriate.
Assessment will normally be based upon the student constructing a research proposal of 4,000 words which demonstrates that the student has the knowledge and competence to undertake independent research at advanced level. Students should also demonstrate how they will fulfil the ethical requirements of the university and any other relevant ethical review processes.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the relationship between the epistemological foundations of research and research methods.||Locate your study within a body of literature which provides a relevant conceptual framework for your research.|
|2.||Understand how the philosophical underpinnings of different approaches to social inquiry relate to research design.||Demonstrate an ability to formulate research problems and devise research strategies in ways which are consistent with the assumptions or criteria within a particular research paradigm.|
|3.||Understand how different approaches to research shape the researcher / researched relationship||Demonstrate how you will gain access to research participants / research settings. Show an understanding of the constraints / opportunities presented within fieldwork settings. Provide an account of how power relationships present themselves within your research.|
|4.||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the ethical implications of undertaking social research.||
Demonstrate a knowledge of relevant guidelines and procedures for ethical review which you are obliged to follow.
Demonstrate what obligations you have to research participants, and how these will be met.
Prepare a case to relevant ethical review bodies which meets their requirements
|5.||Devise and justify appropriate methods of collecting data||Demonstrate how and why you will collect relevant and appropriate data to address your research questions.|
|6.||Demonstrate an appreciation of the resource requirements for social research||Produce a research proposal which is judged to be practical and viable within the constraints you are under.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Produce a research proposal of 4,000 words||Make a case and submit documentation whcih meets the requirements of the ethical review bodie(s) which have an interest in or juresdiction over your research|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Bechhofer F. and Paterson L. (2000) Principles of Research Design in the Social Sciences London:Routledge
Clough, P. and Nutbrown, C. A (2002) Studentís Guide to Methodology London:Sage
Crotty, M. (1998) The Foundations of Social Research: Meaning and Perspective in the Research Process London: Sage
Hakim, C (2000) Research Design: successful designs for social and economic research London:Routledge
Hood, S. Mayall, B. and Oliver, S.(eds) (1999) Critical Issues in Social Research: power and predjudice Milton Keynes:OUP
Marshall C. and Rossman G. (2002) Designing Qualitative Research London: Sage
May, T. and Williams M. (eds) (1998) Knowing the Social World Milton Keyenes: OUP
Maynard, M. and Purvis, J. (eds) (1994) Researching Women's Lives From a Feminist Perspective Brighton: Taylor and Francis
Romm, N. (2001) Accountability in Social Research: Issues and Debates Buckingham: Kluwer Academic
Truman, C. Mertens, D. and Humphries, B. (eds) (2000) Research and Inequality London: UCL Press
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