School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Research Skills & Meth (Pol Sci) (M1045)

Research Skills and Methods in Political Science

Module M1045

Module details for 2011/12.

18 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

The course aims to establish familiarity with the range of methodological approaches used in the study of politics today. In particular it will introduce you to various ways of linking theory and evidence, and you will be given the opportunity to analyse political data in order to substantiate answers to a range of key questions in British politics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will have:
1. Acquired knowledge of the role of good research methodology in the study of Politics
2. Learnt how to develop a research topic including choice of focus, research questions and hypotheses
3. Learnt how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different research strategies
4. Examined the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of data
5. Learnt how to mesh together theory and research in the study of Politics
6. Developed further the intellectual, practical and transferable skills encouraged by the mode of teaching delivery and assessment

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssaySummer Week 4 100.00%
Unseen ExaminationSummer Term50.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring & Summer TermsSeminar1 hour111111111100
Spring & Summer TermsLecture1 hour111111111100

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Dan Hough

Assess convenor, Convenor

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