Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM008: Methodology and Research Skills in Sociology

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Hannah Farrimond (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


To provide a general introduction to the nature of research in sociology, the methods associated with such research, varying positions on the relationship between theory and method, problems of research design, and a range of relevant research skills (conducting and reporting research) in the discipline of sociology. Together with generic research training in quantitative and qualitative methods, this module provides postgraduate you with the understanding and skills required to successfully undertake Master's level research. You will be introduced to the nature of explanation in sociology and to methodological issues specific to particular sub-fields of sociology. The module will further introduce you to basic principles of research design and strategy, including the formulation of researchable problems and an appreciation for alternative approaches to research. You will develop an appreciation for research ethics specific to the discipline of sociology.

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