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SYM5035 - Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Applied Social Research

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: TBA


Not offered in 2007


Critical appraisal of current methods of social inquiry as preparation for students designing their own research. Examples are selected to cover a wide range of theoretical explanations and styles of doing social research. Issues include debates surrounding subjectivity and objectivity, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, macro and micro theory; political and ethical issues in research on humans.


Ten weekly position papers (300 words each): 30%
Major essay (6000 words): 70%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week