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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an introduction to research methodologies in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Students will gain a grounding in the key philosophical approaches to knowledge that have informed social research, and explore how these approaches have shaped different kinds of research methods. The subject will also consider different ways in which the outcomes of social research are used, whether to inform public debate, policy and political decision making, professional practice, or to direct further research on related issues. It will provide students with the skills necessary to design their own study, whether this is for research essays in other subjects, commissioned research in a professional context, or an independent research thesis.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesBlock course seminars and Online reading and Research Statement and Methodology and Research Proposal

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in an Honours program or postgraduate coursework degree within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, or with the permission of the subject coordinator


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

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Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Social research : issues, methods and process

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorTim May



PublisherOpen University


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Doing Research in the Real World

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorDavid Gray





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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Understand the foundations of knowledge making and key approaches and debates that have shaped social research
02. Critically analyse social research literature
03. Develop skills for autonomously planning and executing a major research project relevant to the student's discipline

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