Foundations of Social Research 1

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Sally Stares/Dr Benjamin Lauderdale (MY451), Dr Jonathan Jackson (MY400) and Dr Flora Cornish/Dr Jen Tarr (MY421).


This course is available on the MSc in Comparative Politics (Research), MSc in European Studies (Research), MSc in International Political Economy (Research), MSc in International Relations (Research), MSc in Political Theory (Research), MSc in Public Policy and Administration (Research), MSc in Regulation (Research) and MSc in Social Policy (Research). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This course is designed to give students a good introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods and to acquaint them with the strengths and limits of different methodologies. The course has three main components: 1. MY451 (MY451M in Michaelmas  Term or MY451L in Lent Term) in Introduction to Quantitative Analysis - this course is intended for students with no previous experience of quantitative methods or statistics. Students who have already studied statistics and data analysis should take MY4M2. Plus: 2. MY400 Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design 3. MY421 Qualitative Research Methods


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Indicative reading

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Examination is by two pieces of assessed coursework (67%) and one two-hour paper (33%). Students registered on this course will submit assessed coursework covering MY400 (c.3000 words) due early in LT, assessed coursework covering MY421 (c.3000 words) due in ST, and will take the exam paper MY4M1a (based on the MY451 syllabus) in ST.

Student performance results

(2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 33.3
Merit 63.3
Pass 0
Fail 3.3

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2012/13: 20

Average class size 2012/13: 3

Value: Non-assessed

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