APPROACHES TO RESEARCH - 2017/8
Module code: POL2027
EXADAKTYLOS T Dr (Politics)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 5
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 2
Independent Study Hours: 122
Lecture Hours: 10
Seminar Hours: 10
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|School-timetabled exam/test||MID-TERM QUIZ IN- LECTURE||25%|
|Coursework||RESEARCH PROPOSAL OUTLINE (500 WORDS)||15%|
|Coursework||RESEARCH PROPOSAL (2500 WORDS)||60%|
N/A This is a compulsory module for all students at level 5 on BSc Politics, BSc International Politics, BSc Politics with Policy Studies, BA International Politics w/& Languages.
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
In this class, we build on students’ understanding of research skills introduced at Level 1. We investigate in depth the basic assumptions that inform social scientific research including philosophical issues such as the source of knowledge in social science. We will review different quantitative and qualitative methodologies employed in political science such as experiments, surveys, interviews, focus groups, content analysis, document analysis, discourse analysis, ethnographic research, case studies and comparative analysis, and practice on designing solid research projects that will require application of one of the above methods to solve a specific political puzzle.
Identifying research questions in research articles and structuring research questions for their own research;
Establishing the relevance of research questions for theory and society;
Searching and integrating theoretical literature to a research
Engaging with a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods
Developing testable hypotheses
Understanding the principles that relate to hypothesis testing
Learning to incorporate feedback into an improved, revised version of one's presentation;
Producing written work that satisfies the criteria required in scientific publications, including proper citation and bibliographical references.
You are expected to participate and discuss the main concepts and studies from each section's readings.
|Have an understanding of research processes|
|Construct reasoned arguments, synthesize relevant information and exercise critical judgement; applying the relevant concepts and methodological approaches to your own research proposal|
|Deploy a range of relevant research and evaluation skills|
|Employ relevant research and evaluation skills to investigate politics - or policy-related areas|
|Produce a rigorous research proposal|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Introduction to the research theories and methodological approaches employed in the study of politics
Philosophy of science
The outline of a research proposal
Formulating research questions and building hypotheses
Introduction to quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches: Experimental design, Surveys and Public Opinion Polls, Comparative methodology, Content analysis, Documentary and Archive Analysis, Elite interviewing, Participant observation, Focus Groups, Discourse analysis, Ethnographic research
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Introduce students to a new topic, and provide room for student-led discussion of the topic.
The learning and teaching methods include:
revision workshops 2x3
research project workshop 2x1
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
· Mid-term quiz: it aims to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their fundamental knowledge of the class material, ensuring that all students are on the same page; to reflect on their own learning and make use of the reading material; consolidate knowledge through short-answer questions and multiple choice questions.
· Research proposal outline: it aims to provide students the opportunity to identify relevant theoretical frameworks and schools of thought; critically apply their perception on the needs of a research project; evaluate different research approaches and their relevance to research questions; deploy a range of research skills; access relevant material to extract information; understand the research process strategy.
· Research proposal: it aims to provide the students with the opportunity to apply all the above in the outline; reflect on their own performance, assess and constructively incorporate previous feedback; identify relevant literature that supports their choice of method; identify, investigate, analyse and project different research strategies; adopt a proactive approach to understanding the implications of the research process; demonstrate a range or research skills
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
· A mid-term quiz in the middle of the term, unseen and taken in-class. It is 40 minutes long and assesses knowledge of the material of the previous lectures through short-answer questions and multiple choice questions.
· A research proposal outline of 500 words on a topic of their own choice that forms the basis of the research proposal—as outlined in the handbook.
· A research proposal of 2500 words that incorporates a revised version of the outline above in addition to expanding on the research methods and research design components.
Assessment deadlines to be confirmed in the module handbook.
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive regular feedback based on their knowledge of the module material through the quiz and the additional workshops spread throughout the term, and their first assignment will provide feedback to be used in the final research proposal. Seminars will be an opportunity to discuss feedback and provide peer review to the students’ work.
Reading list for APPROACHES TO RESEARCH : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/pol2027
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.