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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SPA2005: Asking the Right Question: Surveys in the Social Sciences

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes:

  • The history of surveys throughout the development of social science
  • Using secondary survey data for new research questions
  • Modes of surveying
  • The principles of survey design
  • Question wording and ordering
  • Measuring concepts across cultures, languages, genders and other varied groups
  • Sampling procedures across populations
  • Analysing survey data
  • Sources of bias
  • Statistical power

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Teaching and Learning22Weekly two-hour lecture/seminar
Guided Independent Study44Assigned reading and seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study40Research and reading for reflexive survey design
Guided Independent Study44Research and reading for essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

  • ELE – Faculty to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages