Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM002A: Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

To introduce students to different approaches and styles of research in social sciences; to familiarise students with the philosophical implications of these approaches; and to equip students with the capacity to apply these methods in their own research.

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. Demonstrate knowledge of philosophical implications of research in the social sciences.
2. Show awareness and comprehension of the diversity of techniques employed in the generation of knowledge and understanding in the social sciences.
3. Show awareness and comprehension of the diversity of evidence used in social research.
4. Evaluate the issues involved in application of research design in the context of the social sciences.
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Recognise and debate the contested and provisional nature of knowledge and understanding
6. Identify and evaluate approaches to problem-solving
7. Synthesize information and recognize relevance. Evaluate the reliability and accuracy of secondary data.
Personal and Key Skills8. Undertake independent/self-directed learning (including time management) to achieve consistent, proficient and sustained attainment
9. Work as a participant or leader of a group and contribute effectively to the achievement of objectives.
10. Reflect on the process of learning and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses. Apply ideas to new situations.