Postgraduate Course: Applied Research Project (Social Justice) (REDU11076)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||As an alternative to the standard masters dissertation, the Applied Research Project is a significant piece of work that allows students to undertake real world research directly applicable to the aims, interests and needs of a particular activist network, community group or organisation. The Applied Research Project can also be approached as a substantive investigation and analysis of an important policy development and/or practice issue.
The Applied Research Project will be underpinned by logical theorisations, conceptualisations and evidence and should include: a significant and critical discussion of the relevant context, a rigorous and substantive analysis of the identified issue or problem and a creative approach for addressing the identified issue.
Students will be supported through this process through both the Activist Social Research course and individual meetings with a designated supervisor.
Individual meetings with designated supervisor
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Undertake a significant piece of work demonstrating substantial autonomy, initiative and decision making
- Identify and define a topic of enquiry suitable for the Applied Research Project and justify its significance and practical application
- Search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant literature related to the identified topic of investigation
- Systematically analyse the topic using appropriate theorisations, analyses and evidence
- Communicate and disseminate the project findings by observing appropriate academic and practice guidelines
|Indicative reading list:|
Ackerly, B. and True, J. (2010) Doing Feminist Research in Political and
Social Science. London: Palgrave.
Bryman, A. (2012) Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Denzin, N. and Giardina, M. (eds) (2009) Qualitative Inquiry and Social Justice: Towards a Politics of Hope. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
Elliot, J. (2005) Using Narrative in Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. London: Sage.
Hammersley, M. (2000) Taking Sides in Social Research: Essays on Partisanship and Bias. London: Routledge.
Harding, S. (ed) (2004) The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader: Intellectual and Political Controversies. New York: Routledge.
Howarth, D.R. (2000) Discourse. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
Laclau, E. and Mouffe, C. (2001) Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics. London: Verso.
Lincoln, Y. S. and Denzin, N. K. (eds) (2003) The Landscape of Qualitative Research: Theories and Issues. London: Sage.
Naples, N.A. (2003) Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis and Activist Research: New York: Routledge.
Stringer, E. T. (2013) Action Research. London: Sage.
Twine, F.W. and Warren, J. (2000) Racing Research, Researching Race: Methodological Dilemmas in Critical Race Studies. New York: NYU Press.
Wodak, R. and Meyer, M. (eds) (2009) Methods for Critical Discourse Analysis. London: Sage.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||autonomous working; project management; knowledge transfer; communication skills; risk assessment
||In lieu of teaching, students will meet individually with a designated supervisor.
|Course organiser||Dr Claire Bynner
|Course secretary||Miss Miao Zhang
Tel: (0131 6)51 6265