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Module Details for Introduction to Social Research SOU22012 (Part 2 HT) PREREQUISITE FOR SOCIOLOGY CAPSTONE


Module Code

SOU22012


Module Name

Introduction to Social Research


Module Short Title

Qualitative Research


ECTS weighting

5 ECTS


Semester/term taught

Hilary Term


Learning Outcomes

This module teaches students basic principles of quantitative social research methodology. Building upon the scientific method, quantitative research aims to acquire knowledge on the social world by means of measurement and statistical analysis of systematically collected data. Skills in quantitative research not only form the cornerstone of an excellent training in sociology. They are also indispensable for producing and consuming research in social science and other data-scientific disciplines.This module will introduce students to the exciting world of quantitative social research. Students will discover what quantitative research is about, how it relates to social theory, what epistemological foundations it draws upon, why it is essential for the scientific progress of our discipline, what the ideal typical components are that quantitative research involves, and how we can construct and interpret quantitative evidence on social phenomena. Thereby the module will travel through theoretical and practical building blocks of the quantitative research process starting from formulating research questions and hypotheses, identifying and crafting research designs, creating sampling plans, developing measures, collecting data, and analysing statistical data. Various examples from international social science research will showcase practical applications of methods giving students the opportunity to learn from challenges as they arise in real-world research settings. Students will deepen their knowledge by attending and actively contributing to practical tutorial sessions that are accompanying the weekly lectures. .


Module Content

This module teaches students basic principles of quantitative social research methodology. Building upon the scientific method, quantitative research aims to acquire knowledge on the social world by means of measurement and statistical analysis of systematically collected data. Skills in quantitative research not only form the cornerstone of an excellent training in sociology. They are also indispensable for producing and consuming research in social science and other data-scientific disciplines.

This module will introduce students to the exciting world of quantitative social research. Students will discover what quantitative research is about, how it relates to social theory, what epistemological foundations it draws upon, why it is essential for the scientific progress of our discipline, what the ideal typical components are that quantitative research involves, and how we can construct and interpret quantitative evidence on social phenomena. Thereby the module will travel through theoretical and practical building blocks of the quantitative research process starting from formulating research questions and hypotheses, identifying and crafting research designs, creating sampling plans, developing measures, collecting data, and analysing statistical data. Various examples from international social science research will showcase practical applications of methods giving students the opportunity to learn from challenges as they arise in real-world research settings. Students will deepen their knowledge by attending and actively contributing to practical tutorial sessions that are accompanying the weekly lectures.

 


Module Pre Requisite

SOU33011/SOU33012


Module Co Requisite

SOU22011


Assessment Details

Coursework (online tests and presentation) (100%). 

Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Failure to attend at least half of the tutorials will automatically result in a 10% deduction (one full grade) from the overall module grade. 

Without an authorised extension, the mark given will be lowered by one grade

 

 





















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