Postgraduate Module Descriptor


SOCM026: Using Longitudinal Data in Family Policy Studies

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

Module Aims

This module will equip you with an understanding and practical knowledge of longitudinal data analysis and its applications in family policy studies. It will provide you with tools to critically assess existing research that uses longitudinal analysis and to carry out independent research. While most examples in this module are drawn from family policy studies, these methods can also be applied to other fields.   

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Develop detailed understanding of key concepts, principles and uses of longitudinal methods.
2. Understand the advantages and limitations of longitudinal techniques.
3. Critically assess empirical studies that employ longitudinal methods.
4. Gain knowledge of methodological applications to family policy studies.
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Become familiar with applied research methods for policy evaluation.
6. Develop understanding of principles of research design, causal inference and data quality.
7. Develop understanding of a range of advanced quantitative methods.
Personal and Key Skills8. Become familiar with a range of data analysis techniques
9. Apply quantitative research methods in your own research