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This subject introduces students to the fundamental analytic skills that are used in social science research. It provides an introduction to the theoretical and epistemological foundations of social science research, familiarises students with the different methods of inquiry in the social sciences and provides an overview of key historical and contemporary debates and trends. Different theoretical approaches and their associated methods of inquiry will be introduced through practical examples in order to show their strengths and limitations.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- List, describe and compare the theoretical and epistemological foundations of social science research and understand ethical issues associated with research;
- Critically understand, appreciate and recognize different theoretical perspectives in the social sciences, and different methods of research (both qualitative and quantitative);
- Learn to critique their own and others’ work while identifying theoretical approaches and methods of inquiry that are used;
- Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of research and learn writing effectively to an academic audience;
- Work effectively in groups and negotiate any problems that may arise in doing so;
- Develop practical and analytical skills that will be useful upon entering the workforce.
Last updated: 9 September 2021