Aims/Description: This unit is designed to enable students to gain a sound understanding of study design principles in social research, and of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods. Introductory sessions cover epistemological perspectives and debates, as well as models of lay and community involvement in research. This is followed by a series of lectures and workshop sessions, enabling students both to identify different perspectives in social research and to gain hands-on experience in gathering and analysing data on a small scale. Practical project work provides the basis for assessed written assignments.

Staff Contact: Dr Anita Franklin
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Problem solving, Fieldwork, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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