Foundations of Social Research 2

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Flora Cornish and Dr Jonathan Jackson

Dr Benjamin Lauderdale (MY452)


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 programme 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.MY452 Applied Regression Analysis. This course is intended for students with some previous experience of quantitative methods or statistic, as described in the prerequisites for MY452. Students who have not previously studied quantitative methods or statistics should take MY4M1. The course can be taken either in MT (as MY452M) or in LT (as MY452L). 2.MY400 Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design 3.MY421 Qualitative Research Methods. This course can be taken either in MT (as MY421M) or in LT (as MY421L).


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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 MY4M2a (based on the MY452 syllabus) in ST.

Student performance results

(2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 33.3
Merit 44.4
Pass 0
Fail 22.2

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2012/13: 13

Average class size 2012/13: 3

Value: Non-assessed

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