International development

Research Skills for Development

Module code: L2133N
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Report

This module is an introduction to the research methods, techniques and skills used in development research and provides a foundation for the International Development thesis in the third year. The module is taught through workshops during which you focus on practical issues to do with research skills, as well as consider some of the more abstract issues that inform how we do research. The module encourages you to think about research ethics and the linkages between project design and methods of data collection.

During the module team work is emphasised, and many of the workshops involve hands-on group work.

Module learning outcomes

  • A basic knowledge of international development research methods.
  • Practical experience of conducting research and the ability to analyse primary data drawn from students' own research.
  • The ability to critically assess different research methods, and an understanding of the reasons for using particular methods in particular contexts.
  • The ability to undertake group work, and present the results of this research in written and verbal form.
  • Be able to communicate effectively in writing in a manner that reflects the potential needs of future employers.