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Postgraduate Course: Applied Research Project (Social Justice) (REDU11076)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryAs 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.
Course description Individual meetings with designated supervisor
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Undertake a significant piece of work demonstrating substantial autonomy, initiative and decision making
  2. Identify and define a topic of enquiry suitable for the Applied Research Project and justify its significance and practical application
  3. Search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant literature related to the identified topic of investigation
  4. Systematically analyse the topic using appropriate theorisations, analyses and evidence
  5. Communicate and disseminate the project findings by observing appropriate academic and practice guidelines
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills autonomous working; project management; knowledge transfer; communication skills; risk assessment
Special Arrangements In lieu of teaching, students will meet individually with a designated supervisor.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Claire Bynner
Course secretaryMs Annemarijn Huizinga
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