THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2009/2010
Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences (P02547)
This is a core course in documentary and archival research within the framework of historical sociology.
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : Postgraduate
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will have:
an understanding of key theories and debates in historical sociology and how these have been explored in grounded research practice.
an understanding of the key theoretical, methodological and practical issues arising in such practical investigations.
an understanding of the key methods and techniques of documentary analysis.
an understanding of the key methods and techniques of archival research.
an understanding of what is involved in exploring core debates and key theories through designing and carrying out a piece of grounded research.
an understanding of the ways in which such research can illuminate, expand or undermine key theories and debates, and also awareness of the boundaries and limitations involved in using the specific and ?local? to address the general.
Students will be required to carry out and write-up a small-scale archive-based project around a pre-set group of questions to guide their investigation, analysis and reporting. The list of projects will be set up by the course teachers to ensure they are of an appropriate scale and comparable ?do-ability?. Students will discuss the results of the project work in the final meetings of the course so as to receive feedback in advance of the material being written up and submitted.
The assessment will report on the process of the investigation, and the analysis of its results, in the context of the students critically reflecting on their research management and analysis and their use of the basic techniques of documentary and archival investigation, and also their awareness of the boundaries and limitations involved in using specific and ?local? research to address general theoretical debates and issues.
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Ms Jane Christie
Dr James Kennedy
School Website : http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/