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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SPA3001: Debates, Issues and Practices

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Mike Michael (Convenor)


At least 30 credits of compulsory SPA modules in philosophy (PHL), sociology (SOC) or anthropology (ANT)



Available via distance learning


This module will provide you with an overview of interdisciplinary ways of conducting research. This will involve a review of recent literature on the emergence and practice of interdisciplinarity. The module will comprise a series of substantive topic-based case studies that are discussed from the perspective of different disciplines that are hosted within SPA (Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology Criminology, and Science and Technology Studies), and addressed in terms of how the disciplines might collaborate in formulating a shared research approach. Central to the module will be a practical element in which students drawn from different programmes work together to discuss particular topics from their different disciplinary approaches, and to formulate a common interdisciplinary research agenda.

Pre-requisites: Core modules on any SPA 1st Year UG Programme.

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