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Unit description

Builds upon knowledge gained in SOC20001 Doing Social Research. Introduces the main worldviews underpinning different types of social research and identifies their characteristic views of social reality. Explores the political and ethical issues related to social research and the implications for research design. A range of methods is introduced some of which students will practice using in a piece of authentic research.

Unit content

  1. Theories and paradigms in social research
  2. Designing a piece of research related to staff research activities
  3. Quantitative methods
  4. Quantitative variables and their measurement
  5. Politics and ethics in social research
  6. Qualitative methods
  7. Evaluation research; Multi methods
  8. Qualitative analysis
  9. Quantitative analysis: from questionnaire to data management
  10. Univariate analysis and presentation of results
  11. Topics 9 and 10 continued
  12. Presentations

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
1explain different paradigmatic approaches to social reality Knowledge of a discipline
2discuss the political and ethical issues related to social research Knowledge of a discipline
3understand and be able to reflect critically upon different methods of research Intellectual rigour
4conduct research using a variety of reactive and non-reactive methods Lifelong learning
5report original research in oral and written form.Lifelong learning

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

  1. explain different paradigmatic approaches to social reality
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. discuss the political and ethical issues related to social research
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. understand and be able to reflect critically upon different methods of research
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. conduct research using a variety of reactive and non-reactive methods
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. report original research in oral and written form.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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