Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SSI2004: Research Design in the Social Sciences
This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles of research design in the social sciences so that you are able to assess the research of others (e.g. in the media, in research articles) and use quantitative skills in your own research projects. This module covers the basics of research design and the scientific method, explaining how measuring variables allows us to test theories and hypotheses. It guides you in how to collect and manage social data, using surveys and experiments. It also discusses the concept of causality and introduces various research designs that can be used for causal inference with social data.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of research design in the social sciences.|
2. Demonstrate knowledge of different types of empirical research and data collection techniques.
|Discipline-Specific Skills||3. Apply knowledge of the principles of research design to social science problems.|
4. Critically evaluate empirical research in the social sciences.
|Personal and Key Skills||5. Write reports to a deadline.|
6. Evaluate the quality of empirical evidence in the public debate on social and political matters.