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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5492M Research Philosophy and Design in the Environmental Social Sciences

15 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Prof Andy Gouldson

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Programme-specific qualifications.

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should have developed:
- an understanding of and appreciation for a variety of approaches to research and for a variety of tools and methods;
- the ability to critique or defend research approaches, results, and implications;
- the awareness of the broader institutional and financial environment within which academic research is undertaken;
- the ability to design and conduct research using appropriate tools and procedures for data collection and analysis;
- practical experience in developing a successful project;
- the ability to timetable and develop a research proposal;
- the competency to successfully communicate research goals, proposals, findings, and recommendations.

There is no formal assessment for this module.


- Philosophy and Social Sciences
- Research methodologies, concepts and theories: constructing a frame for analysis
- Creating research questions; narrowing down the alternatives
- Defining a research proposal, timetable, and milestones
- Relevant literature and data sources for research
- Project development and writing interdisciplinary papers and grant proposals
- Working in groups: organization, database, sharing of information, problems
- Paradigms
- Research Ethics
- Radical approaches, action research and fieldwork
- Presenting and discussing research findings (submission of abstracts, creation of a research poster, conference presentations).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours126.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:25:49


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