Research Methods PG (6270.7)
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|Faculty Of Business, Government & Law
|Institute For Governance And Policy Analysis
|Post Graduate Level
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
The subject introduces students to the meaning of 'theory', its links with methodology via techniques of research and distinctions between research and policy action. The aim is to allow students to formulate a topic for research by thesis. Specific topics will include the writing of a thesis, the logics of social investigation, forms of explanation including causality, correlation and 'verstehen'. There is also a non-mathematical introduction to statistical concepts sufficient to enable critical literature review. An overview of qualitative research, its techniques and their strengths and limitations is also provided.
Learning outcomes1. On successful completion of this subject students will have acquired knowledge of a range of theoretical perspectives and their relationship to methodology and practice, covered a range of research methods and design questions, and developed an in-depth knowledge of qualitative research.
PrerequisitesCourse entry requirements.
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