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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Postgrad (School of Social and Political Studies)

Postgraduate Course: Advanced Research Design and Methods (PGSP12002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces you as a research student to live challenges involved in designing social research projects, gives you space to examine specific challenges in their research projects, and gives you access to advanced methods training. You are invited to think about your research in a reflective and informed way in discussion with fellow students and staff. You will make use of training in advanced methods from staff using cutting edge methods and hands on experience of data collection and analysis.
Course description The course is taught through hands-on, expert led workshops on research and data challenges and advanced methods. It is participatory. Students will bring their own ideas, aims and questions to workshops, explore them with peers and experts, and conduct their own analysis.
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 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Methods portfolio and reflection (25%, 1500 words)
A reflective essay on a methodological controversy or challenge (75%, 3500 words)
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided within 3 weeks.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analytical, detailed and involved understanding of issues common to social research projects
  2. Understanding of advanced methods of enquiry at the leading edge of social and political science
  3. Develop original responses to problems and applications of methods
  4. Assess data and arguments related to advanced methods and live problems in social and political science researcg
  5. Make considered assessments of competing ontologies and epistemologies
Reading List
Becker HS (2011) How I Learned What a Crock Was. In: Atkinson P and Delamont S (eds.) SAGE Qualitative Research Methods. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc.
Hammersley, Martyn. 2011. Methodology: Who Needs It? SAGE Publications Ltd.
Maynard, Emma. 2018. An Introduction to Rapport, Resilience and Reflexivity. SAGE Publications Ltd.
Swedberg R. Theorizing in sociology and social science: turning to the context of discovery. Theory and society. 2012;41(1):1-40. doi:10.1007/s11186-011-9161-5

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Identifying problems and finding solutions
Creating theoretically informed conversations about real world problems
Creative and critical thinking through understanding how research design shapes social research.
Effective communication skills through discussion, debate and small-group work.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Christopher Wretman
Course secretaryMs Maria Brichs
Tel: (0131 6)51 3205
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