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This subject is designed to develop research skills for students planning and writing research theses in the School of Social and Political Sciences. The subject explores contemporary research strategies, differing methodological approaches to social research, the relationship of theory and research, and practical issues concerned with designing thesis topics and their realization through the research process, including the management of ethics principles and procedures. The subject gives special attention to the design of problem-driven research. It will assist students to develop skills in thesis preparation and development as well as in the framing of research projects, more generally. The subject is taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subjects students should:
- Have an understanding of the theoretical, methodological, resource and ethical considerations of relevance in designing a social science research project;
- Have an appreciation of the role of theory in the framing of social research;
- Have a sense of the need to identify appropriate research strategies when undertaking research;
- Have an awareness of the analytical and organizational skills required in social science research;
- Have completed a fully developed research proposal for their thesis.
On completion of this subject students should:
- be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
- be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
- be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.
Last updated: 23 March 2020