30 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: The course will introduce fundamental ideas in data analysis and research methods in international comparative social and policy research. This unit introduces basic concepts such as what a methodology is as well as incorporating issues such as ethics and different philosophical perspectives on research design. The unit deals mainly with practical issues around the design of a research project including appropriate choice of methods and data. This includes an evaluation of available methods and software at a quantitative and qualitative level. The unit also focusses on methods for international policy analysis, including documentary research and policy evaluation

Staff Contact: Maureen Howard
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Presentation

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK