2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
PIED5779M Research Methods
30 creditsClass Size: 15
Module manager: Dr Stuart McAnulla
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2017/18
This module is approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe aim of this module is to provide an overview and systematic assessment of the main theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of politics, and introduce students to the different research methods, resources, and methods of analysis in research.The module considers the importance of ontological and epistemological issues and their implications for research. We cover key approaches to political science, including institutional approaches; behavioural analysis; rational choice theory; feminist approaches; discourse analysis; and structure and agency debates. We also examine the use of key research methods, including interviewing, document analysis, survey design, and introductory data analysisBrief Reading ListDavid Marsh and Gerry Stoker (eds.), Theory and Methods in Political Science (London: Palgrave, 2010)Hay, C. Political Analysis (London:Palgrave, 2002)Burnham (et al) (2008) Research Methods in Politics, London: Palgrave.
ObjectivesThe aim of this module is to provide an overview and systematic assessment of the main theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of politics, and introduce students to the different research methods, resources, and methods of analysis in research.
- Epistemology, Ontology and Research
- Behaviouralism and Rational Choice Theory Institutionalism, Feminism and the Structure-Agency Debate - Discourse Analysis Qualitative Interviewing and Document Analysis Survey Methods and Data Introductory Data Analysis.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||278.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Students will be required to prepare for discussions in seminars through extensive reading of sources listed on the module reading list. In addition to this, students should spend time preparing for their assessments which should include finding and using sources not listed on their reading list.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackOne 2,000 word non-assessed essay.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 26/04/2017
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