Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module aims to introduce you to both the principles of developing research strategies and to the strengths and weaknesses of different data collection methods used within sociology. The lectures will be concerned with examining the criteria that can be used to judge the advantages of different research approaches, as well as introducing you to the assumptions that underpin different modes of data collection. There will also be a focus on the ethics of social research.The seminars will help develop further the understanding of methods that you will gain through the lectures. Seminars will be more practically focused and enable you to try out some of the research methods that we covered. Some seminars will be based around key readings and others will include discussions of ethical issues, learning about literature reviewing, and some time will be spent on data analysis. This module will help you to become a more critical reader of social research and you will also learn about how to develop research proposals.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/soc-20046/lists
To enable students to:appreciate the range of different research methods used in sociology and assess their strengths and weaknessesknow how to formulate a research question, building on existing sociological literature and researchunderstand criteria for evaluating the adequacy of different data for sociological explanationunderstand the construction of research strategies and be able to identify the different elements of the processappreciate ethical guidelines in the conduct of research
Intended Learning Outcomes
analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different data collection procedures in sociology for different research problems: 11review major ethical dilemmas of social research and have knowledge of relevant professional codes of ethics: 1explain the relationship between empirical data and theory production and testing within sociology: 1evaluate the research strategies used by sociologists:
10 lecture contact hours 10 workshop contact hours72 hours tutorial preparation58 hours assessment preparation150 hours
Students taking this module are barred from also taking CRI-20020
1: Essay weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
A 2500 word research proposalIn this assignment you will be required to select an area of sociological research, formulate a research question and design a research project to explore this question. Students will formulate a research question, review relevant literature on the chosen topic, outline and evaluate an empirical research method, and consider the ethical implications of the proposed project.
You will draw on information provided in the lectures, discussions from the seminars, your wider reading, and literature searches.