HEA Social Sciences strategic project: teaching research methods in the social sciences

LSE100: An innovative, multi-disciplinary approach to assessing research methods learning on a large scale

LSE100 has developed an innovative, integrated strategy for stimulating and assessing research methods learning, based on five key components: (i) an embedded approach to skill development, using important issues of public debate as vehicles for examining research methods; (ii) contrasting disciplinary approaches to each issue to highlight methodological differences; (iii) an overarching emphasis on argumentation to motivate the need for understanding research methods; (iv) high frequency, varied, ‘just in time’ and relationship-based feedback; and (v) intensive teacher training and support.

An award from the Higher Education Academy in 2013 covered two projects: further exploration and review of assessment options and the dissemination of  information about the course's strategy to date.



LSE100 The LSE Course|

LSE100 is an innovative, multi-disciplinary course that introduces first year undergraduates to research methods as the building blocks of thinking like a social scientist, by exploring some of the great intellectual debates of our time from the perspectives of different disciplines. It was launched in 2010 and is a compulsory course, taken by all LSE undergraduates, representing 17 academic departments from Anthropology to Law to Economics. 



Project 1: Assessing research methods learning|

In this series of ten short recordings, members of the LSE100 team describe key elements of the LSE100 strategy for stimulating and assessing research methods learning, including the challenges encountered in developing the strategy. 



Project 2: External assessment|

This section presents the final report of Professor Chris Rust, who was asked to review the strategy that has been developed on LSE100 and to provide his assessment of the strategy as well as concrete recommendations for how the approach to assessment might be developed further.