Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT2004: Into the Field

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Susan Molyneux-Hodgson (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will introduce you to the principles of research design and methods of research inquiry that are strongly featured within the traditions of sociology and anthropology. The module focuses on learning a range of research techniques and the underpinning rationales for their use. Through lectures, working on your own and in small groups you will explore how different approaches to generating knowledge allow us to investigate the social world. Seminar discussion will enable you to compare your observations and perspectives with one another.

You will learn the essential knowledge and skills needed to conduct an empirical research study and have the opportunity to reflect upon the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to research. The assessment includes the production of a proposal for an empirical research project.

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