Social Research Methods in Developing Countries

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Diana Weinhold CON. H710


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Development Studies (Research) and MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. This course is not available as an outside option.

Students from other programmes may audit the course, but they may not take it for credit.

Course content

The course consists of ten two-hour lectures introducing students to the basic ingredients of modern social science research, with an emphasis on methods commonly employed in studies of development. In the process we will briefly cover quantitative and qualitative methods of investigation, including basic data collection and analysis, sampling and surveying, ethnographic methods and participant observation. Where appropriate, other aspects of development research such as those relating to gender and ethical issues will be considered.


20 hours of lectures in the MT.

Indicative reading

R Ramanathan, Introductory Econometrics with Applications; A Deaton, The Analysis of Household Surveys: A Microeconomic Approach to Development Policy; B Pratt & P Loizos, Choosing Research Methods: Data Collection for Development Workers; M Bulmer & D P Warwick (Ed), Social Research in Developing Countries: Surveys and Censuses in the Third World; S Devereux & J Hoddinott (Eds), Fieldwork in Developing Countries; R Ellen (Ed), Ethnographic Research: A Guide to General Practice; M Agar, The Professional Stranger: An Informal Introduction to Ethnography; P Bardhan (Ed), Conversations between Economists and Anthropologists: Methodological Issues in Measuring Economic Change in Rural India.


Online assessment (100%).

Students will complete an on-line quiz. Students must achieve a pass on the quiz before proceeding with the dissertation, DV410.

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

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