|Module Title||RESEARCH METHODS AND SOCIAL THEORY|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Colin Wight|
|Co-Requisite||IP36720 , IP37720|
|Course delivery||Lecture||19 Hours 19 x 1 hour|
|Assessment||Essay||1 x essay (3,000 words)||50%|
|Dissertation||1 x Dissertation outline (2-3,000 words)||50%|
Students should normally take this module in the second semester of their second year.
This module is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of research methods and social theory and acquire skills to successfully research and write the compulsory dissertation. The linking of these methods to debates in social theory allows students to understand the manner in which research is grounded in particular social theories and to think about the strengths and weaknesses of particular research methods. The module includes sessions on, social theory, basic sociological concepts, research design, topic formulation, research resources, methods of presentation and research methods. During the course of the module students will be assigned dissertation supervisors and have the opportunity of discussing their dissertation topic with them.
The aim of this module is to give second year students a basic understanding of social science and research methods and to give them an early start to their dissertation.
At the end of this module students should be able to:
10 ECTS Credits
** Recommended Text
G Delanty. Social Science: Beyond Constructivism and Realism.
T May. Social Research: Issues Methods and Process.