Methodology in the Social Sciences
- Start date
- End date
- Year of study
- Term 1
- Module code
- FHEQ Level
- Department of Politics and International Studies
This module is designed to provide a general introduction to problems, approaches and debates in social science methodologies (broadly understood). The aim is to make MSc students familiar with prominent methodological angles and language(s), to provide both a solid grounding in the key issues and a critical understanding of them. It is roughly divided into two parts: philosophy of social science, epistemology and ontology (weeks 2-5) and an introduction into understanding and applying popular/relevant methodological approaches (weeks 6-10).
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
- Make students familiar with the language(s) of social science methodology and provide both a solid grounding in the key issues and a critical understanding of them.
- Introduce students to basic epistemological questions, approaches and debates in the philosophy of social sciences
- Introduce students to common/popular methods in the social science, both positivist and interpretivist, qualitative and quantitative
- 1 hour lecture per week
- 1 hour tutorial per week
Method of assessment
- Assignment 1: 30%
- Assignment 2: 70%
- Foucault, Michel (2001 ) The Order of Things: Archeology of the Human Sciences (Routledge Classics)
- Hollis, Martin (2002) The Philosophy of Social Science: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press
- Hall, Stuart (ed.) (1997) Representation: Cultural representations and signifying practices. Sage Publications
- Hay, Colin (2002) Political Analysis: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave Macmillan)
- Kuhn, Thomas S (1962) The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Chicago University Press).
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