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Development Research Methods PG (9429.3)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit will provide a comprehensive introduction to the process of undertaking research in the trans-disciplinary field of development studies. The unit will explore various methods of doing development research, data collection and note-taking in the field, quantitative and qualitative research, and stories from the field. It will provide an overview of different aspects of development research such as preparing for field research, working across cultures, positionality of researcher, participatory research, ethical issues and power relationships in the field. It will introduce quantitative and qualitative research methods and various interpretative tools to analyse data, field stories and observations from the field.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts and theories of international development research;

2. Critically examine strategic issues in planning research in culturally diverse contexts;

3. Understand and develop ethical practice in development research;

4. Understand and develop an appropriate approach towards gender relations and structures of power in the field;

5. Understand and develop quantitative and qualitative research methods;

6. Develop skills to present field data for research partners; and

7. Demonstrate the skills required to articulate and present critique appropriate for studies at postgraduate level.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

30 hours - 5 workshops - 6 Hours each during the semester.





Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with basic concepts in International Development.

Incompatible Units

8764 Development Research.

Equivalent Units

8764 Development Research.

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