RSCH08010 2017 Research Methods: Joint Majors Sociology and Politics Strand
This purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to advance their language and understanding of research in political science and sociology disciplines. Students will undertake a critical exploration of research language, ethics, methodologies, methods of data collection and data analysis within an established research process.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Develop a research question/hypothesis
Design an appropriate research process/plan
Select and apply appropriate research methodologies and methods for investigating phenomena of interest in Political Sciences/Sociology disciplines
Demonstrate an understanding of data analysis methods appropriate to research studies irrespective of disciplines
Explore the ethics of research
Create a robust research proposal
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Effective teaching and learning strategies will evolve when module commence. However, it is expected that small group work, problem-based learning, peer support will occur as part of this module. Creative tools will also be used to assist students with their understanding of key theoretical concepts and ideas.
Module Assessment Strategies
There will be two components:
- A multiple choice exam paper worth 20%, week 6
- A complete Research Proposal, week 13.
Repeat assessment will be developed to align with failed components.
Develop a research question/hypothesis; Students will examine their research area and make decisions on their research question in the areas of new knowledge production, feasibility, possibility, measurability.
Design an appropriate research process/plan: Students are required to examine the use of the standard research process and how their proposed project is managed within the time limits of this process.
Select and apply appropriate research methodologies and methods for investigating phenomena of interest in Political Sciences/Sociology disciplines. Students will interrogate paradigms of enquiry and associated research methods of data collection and their potential application to their research area of interest.
Demonstrate an understanding of data analysis methods appropriate to research studies, irrespective of disciplines. Students will examine data analysis methods relevant to both disciplines and determine which one(s) best fits their future research project.
Explore the ethics of research; Students will propose a research strategy that adheres to both local and national ethics requirements.
Create a research proposal: At the end of this programme of learning students are expected to produce a research proposal to the required standard that include all steps of their proposed research project.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Multiple Choice Exam||Continuous Assessment||Multiple Choice||20 %||Week 6||2|
|2||Research Proposal||Project||Project||80 %||Week 13||1,3,4,5,6|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Online Lecture||Flat Classroom||Research Methods||2||Weekly||2.00|
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Kellstedt, P. & Whitten, G. (2009). Fundamentals of Political Science Research. Cambridge.
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Manheim, C.et al. C. (2016) Empirical Political Analysis: Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods. 8th Edition. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Sarantakos, S. (2012).Social research. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 4th edition.
Seale, C. (2012).Researching Society and Culture. London: Sage.
Book and website collection may alter and extend as the programme progresses.