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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP2010 Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods

20 creditsClass Size: 196

Module manager: Patrick Macartney
Email: p.macartney@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisites

SLSP1010Sociological Analysis
SLSP1020Sociological Thinking
SLSP1120Central Debates in Welfare
SLSP1130Social Welfare and Social Change

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module explores qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research. Topics covered include research design and relevant strategies, experiments and causality, questionnaire construction, interviewing, participant observation and ethnography, ethical issues, official statistics, action research, document and content analysis, word processing, analysis of large data sets, hypothesis construction, descriptive statistics, bivariate analysis.Contact: Patrick Macartney p.macartney@leeds.ac.ukor undergradsociologysocialpolicy@leeds.ac.uk

Objectives

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to provide an understanding of research strategy and design, quantitative and qualitative approaches, skills in computing and statistical analysis and the ability to critically analyse research methodology.

Syllabus

The module explores qualitative and quantitative approaches to social research. Topics covered include research design and relevant strategies, experiments and causality, questionnaire construction, interviewing, participant observation and ethnography, ethical issues, official statistics, action research, document and content analysis, word processing, analysis of large data sets, hypothesis construction, descriptive statistics, bivariate analysis.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop51.005.00
Computer Class52.0010.00
Lecture161.0016.00
Private study hours169.00
Total Contact hours31.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at tutorials and workshops

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words50.00
Project3,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/01/2010

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