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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Issues in Socio-Cultural Research (PGSP11101)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will offer advanced training in the ideas, issues and methodologies central to carrying out interdisciplinary socio-cultural research. It will be organised through seminars and workshops. The aims of the course are to:
- enable students to critically evaluate key debates concerning theory and epistemology in interdisciplinary socio-cultural research;
- provide students with an understanding of the possibilities, strengths and also limits of particular methodologies, in relation to the goals and desired outcomes and knowledge-claims intended for pieces of interdisciplinary research;
- engage students in debates concerning the analysis of interdisciplinary research and the epistemological, ethical, political and practical problems entailed;
- enable students to think from interdisciplinary perspectives to design interdisciplinary research projects focused on their own intellectual concerns;
- encourage students to use the course to develop a theoretical and methodological approach for their MSc dissertation and possible PhD research; and
- challenge students to work at an advanced level in a course that will 'join up' theory, methodology and research practice.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  10
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 352 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students submit notes on key readings; make an oral presentation to staff and postgraduates focusing specifically on research design related to their work; submit a written version of the presentation and prepare a poster outlining their research interests. This acts as preparatory work for the dissertation and, where relevant, the PhD. Students are also expected to complete a number of short, practical assignments for the Writing Workshop component of the course.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be alert to the changing ideas and 'place' of interdisciplinarity
  2. Understand the epistemological, ethical, political dimensions of socio-cultural research
  3. Critically evaluate ideas and debates concerning theory and practice in socio-cultural research
  4. Engage authoritatively with the strengths and limits of appropriate methodologies as they design a research project
  5. Effectively present their ideas and research designs in public fora and respond to constructive suggestions
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Liliana Riga
Tel: (0131 6)51 1853
Course secretaryMr Andrew Macaulay
Tel: (0131 6)51 5067
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