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Theorising Social Research


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Tutor: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: a 2000-word essay (30%) and a 4000-word essay (70%)

      Module description

      This module explores the ways in which a range of theories are used in social research and how theories produce different research practices. It locates social theory within a historical context and examines how changes in research practice have related to trends in theorising the social world.

      The module has three aims:

      • To introduce you to the history of social science research
      • To enable you to understand practices of social science research in context
      • To enable you to understand differing philosophies within social research and their relation to methodology and practice

      Learning objectives

      By the end of this module, you will be able to:

      • explain the context of research practices in one area of the social sciences
      • discuss the historical development of social research methods
      • discuss the production of academic knowledge in contemporary society
      • evaluate the standing of different forms of publication or output within one disciplinary area
      • critically compare and contrast the philosophical underpinnings of different approaches to research.