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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Sociology

Undergraduate Course: Designing and Doing Social Research (SCIL10062)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is for anyone who wants practical experience and skills in social research. The course is designed to mimic a real world research scenario, in which a multi-disciplinary research team takes varying approaches to a topic but works together towards the same goal. The emphasis is on learning while doing, and giving you a structured environment where you can learn how to reflect on your research while you are doing it. Many of the skills you learn on the course will be relevant to your Honours project and to your future career.
Course description The course is taught through lectures and group work. The lectures give you grounding in various research skills, debates and controversies in social research. The main focus of the course is the group work. Each group develops a topic to investigate, conducts research on it and presents their findings. You sign up for a group and conduct a research project under the guidance of a tutor.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 2 social science courses (such as Sociology, Politics, Social Policy, Social Anthropology, etc) at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  150
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 40% group work and 60% individual essay.
Feedback Feedback will be given throughout the course to the group, and to individual students on their essay submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will understand the principles and approaches to social research, and have the ability to compare different perspectives on research methods
  2. Students will be able to design their own research project and methodology, write it up and present it to their peers
  3. Students will learn to work with others in a group around a common problem, allocate tasks and responsibilities, mediate and manage group work processes
  4. Students will be able to evaluate different methodological approaches to various research topics of current relevance
  5. Students will be able to compare and critically assess research findings, and make judgments on research quality and validity
Reading List
Stephanie Gaudet, and Dominique Robert. 2018. A Journey Through Qualitative Research: From Design to Reporting. SAGE Publications Ltd.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills You will have demonstrable skills in:

· Team and personal management

· Report writing, summarising, and presentation

· Analytical and critical thinking

· Evaluation of your own and others¿ work'

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Course organiserDr Angus Bancroft
Tel: (0131 6)50 6642
Course secretaryMr Ian McClory
Tel: (0131 6)50 3932
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