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Understanding Social Science

What are they key methodological and theoretical problems posed by social inquiry? Are the methods of the social sciences essentially the same or essentially different from those of the natural sciences?

This module is divided into two parts; the first structured around problems in social science, and the second around the problem(s) of objectivity.

Having successfully completed this module, students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate philosophical debates in social science, as well as the ability to identify different value positions and their implications for research. They will be able to describe the relationship between philosophical standpoints and methodological strategies, whilst discussing the contribution of philosophical issues and knowledge bases to research practice, as well as identifying a variety of social and political contexts and uses of research.