Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC2004: Into the Field
This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.
“Research methods” is a general term that alludes to practices of collecting data. A key benefit that research methods offer practitioners of social science is the opportunity to ground intellectual concerns (and often rather abstract ideas) about the social world in data collection and diverse forms of observation of the actualities of concrete social and cultural realities. This module prepares you for going 'into the field' by providing you with a range of skills needed to conceive of, design, justify, execute and report on original and independent social science research.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. demonstrate awareness of the various stages of the research process;|
2. demonstrate an ability to think critically about different techniques of data collection and analysis;
3. assess the strengths and weaknesses of various research methods;
4. apply analytical understanding of the relevance and appropriateness of various qualitative and quantitative research methods to different research problems
|Discipline-Specific Skills||5. write effective research proposals;|
6. evaluate research proposals;
|Personal and Key Skills||7. develop a thought-out plan of action for future research;|
8. think about social life in new ways;
9. communicate effectively in written and verbal form.