Foundations of Social Research 1

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Jonathan Jackson MT/Dr Ben Lauderdale LT (MY451), Dr Alasdair Jones (MY400) and Dr Eleanor Knott MT/Dr Flora Cornish LT (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 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 (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 due in MT, 5000 due in ST), assessed coursework covering MY421 (3000 words) due in ST, and will take the exam paper MY4M1a (based on the MY451 syllabus) in ST.

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2016/17: 22

Average class size 2016/17: 2

Controlled access 2016/17: No

Value: One Unit

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