Foundations of Social Research 2

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Benjamin Lauderdale (MY400, MY452)

Dr Flora Cornish (MY421)


This course is available on the MSc in European Studies (Research), MSc in International Political Economy (Research), MSc in International Relations (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 (either MY421M in Michaelmas Term or MY421L in Lent Term).


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Indicative reading

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Examination is by three pieces of assessed coursework (67%) and one two-hour paper (33%). Students registered on this course will submit assessed coursework covering MY400 (1000 words in MT, 5000 due in ST), assessed coursework covering MY421 (2500 words) due in ST, and will take the exam paper MY4M2a (based on the MY452 syllabus) in ST.

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2014/15: 9

Average class size 2014/15: 2

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Non-assessed

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