MY400 Half Unit
Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design
This information is for the 2023/24 session.
Dr Audrey Alejandro and Prof Jonathan Jackson
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Applied Social Data Science and MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Demography/Population Studies, MPhil/PhD in Social Policy, MPhil/PhD in Social Research Methods, MPhil/PhD in Sociology, MSc in Applied Social Data Science, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in International Migration and Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in Statistics (Research). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course is not controlled access. If you register for a place and meet the prerequisites, if any, you are likely to be given a place.
Research students please see MY500.
Research design necessitates trade-offs between the strengths and weaknesses of different feasible options. This course aims to introduce the broad range of design options and to foster an appreciation of these alternatives for particular research objectives. Drawing on a variety of examples from the social scientific literature, this course will explore design considerations and options across quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research. At the end of the course, students will be able to read a wide variety of empirical social science with a critical and balanced perspective and will be better equipped to implement and make arguments defending the methods they use in their dissertations.
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars totalling a minimum of 20 hours across Autumn Term.
This course has a Reading Week in Week 6 of AT.
A project outline (1-2 pages long) that sets up a research question that the students will develop in their summative assignment.
Robson, Colin and McCartan, Kieran (2015, 4th edition). Real World Research. London: John Wiley.
Research proposal (100%) in the WT.
Students can base their research proposal (3000 words) on a dimension of their dissertation topic subject to the approval of their home department.
Total students 2022/23: 98
Average class size 2022/23: 17
Controlled access 2022/23: No
Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (MT)
Value: Half Unit
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