Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE SOC1012

 
TITLE Introducing Research Methods in the Social Sciences

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Sociology

 
DESCRIPTION A general introduction to social scientific methodology, with an emphasis on research question generation and the principle of research design.

Study-Unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to:
- Introduce students to social sciences as a critical and creative set of disciplines;
- Acquaint students with the basic principles of research design, logic and coherence;
- Acquaint students with the principles of drawing up a research proposal, sampling, and triangulation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Generate original and creative research questions;
- Develop valid and reliable research design that is also logistically manageable;
- Define a population and work towards an achieved sample.

2. Skills:

The emphasis throughout is to equip students with a set of transferable research-design and methodological skills and protocols that they can apply to various fields of social science.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Alan Bryman. 2001. Social Research Methods Oxford, OUP.
- Anthony Giddens. 1997 ‘Types of Society’. In Anthony Giddens Sociology 3 ed. Cambridge, Polity.
- Chava Frankfort-Nahmias & David Nahmias. 1996. Research Methods in the Social Sciences. 5th ed. St. Martin’s Press.
- W. Lawrence Neuman. 2000. Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches 4 ed. Allyn and Bacon.
- Keith F. Punch. 1998. Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches London, Sage.
- Clive Seale (ed.) 1998. Researching Society and Culture London, Sage.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Valerie Visanich

 
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