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Understanding of social process and action is critical to effective land and environment management and social research skills are therefore valued by resource management agencies. This subject aims to equip students with knowledge and skills to design social research, which can be used to improve management of environments, agricultural and food systems. The subject presents a framework for understanding diverse approaches to social research; the relationship between theory and method is given particular emphasis.
The research process is considered step by step including scoping research issues, the evolution of research questions, and selection of appropriate methods. A number of research strategies are considered in more detail including survey research, case studies and action research. Social research ethics, quality in social research and advances in social research methods are examined.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Explain the process of social research;
- Demonstrate an ability to select appropriate methodological frameworks and to match research tools to these approaches;
- Apply ethical considerations in social research;
- Prepare research proposals.
- Written and oral communication skills
- Capacity to synthesise information from multiple sources
- Critically evaluate social research
- Capacity to prepare a research proposal
- Practical social research skills
Last updated: 10 November 2023