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Unit description

Surveys the history, philosophies and methodologies of research particularly as they pertain to Arts and Social Sciences. Develops an understanding of research approaches and perspectives in the broad context of contemporary research practices. Provides techniques and approaches relevant to a disciplinary-specific Honours research project. Students develop and produce a final research proposal.

Unit content

Module 1: Research basics

  • Honours research introductions
  • Research paradigms and methodologies
  • Scholarly traditions in arts and social sciences
  • Research practices and ethics
  • Research management
  • Research proposal and outline

Module 2: Research methods

  • Artist research
  • Analysing text and talk
  • Ethnographic strategies
  • Work-in-progress seminar
  • Applied research: Quantitative methods, evaluation research and action research
  • Historical research method

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe major contemporary approaches to researchLifelong learning
2explain the place of specific approaches to research in a disciplinary contextKnowledge of a discipline
3critique terms, concepts and methodologies used by researchers within Arts and Social SciencesIntellectual rigour
4analyse ethical, social and cultural implications of research in artistic/academic fieldsEthical practiceCultural competence
5synthesise knowledge gained from objectives 1-4 into a coherent argumentCommunication and social skills
6use suitable philosophies and methodologies in the development of an Honours research project.Creativity

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe major contemporary approaches to research
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. explain the place of specific approaches to research in a disciplinary context
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. critique terms, concepts and methodologies used by researchers within Arts and Social Sciences
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. analyse ethical, social and cultural implications of research in artistic/academic fields
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. synthesise knowledge gained from objectives 1-4 into a coherent argument
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. use suitable philosophies and methodologies in the development of an Honours research project.
    • GA2: Creativity

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours/weekly (12)
Seminar 3 hours (Thursday, Week 11) (1)
Assessment
Research ProposalSR
Annotated bibliography25%
Critical review15%
Presentation20%
Project report40%
Notice

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Fee information

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