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SO9C2 - Understanding Social Science

  • Module code: SO9C2
  • Module name: Understanding Social Science
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

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.

Principal learning outcomes

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.

Timetabled teaching activities

This module will run in the Autumn Term.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: SO9C2-20)
A (Assessed work only) 4000 word Essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Sociology (L3PD) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Social Research (L3PE) - Year 2
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Social and Political Thought (L3P8) - Year 2
  • Taught Postgraduate Science, Media and Public Policy (L3PV) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universit├Ąt Konstanz, Germany) (M92D) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universit├Ąt Konstanz, Germany) (M92K) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Gender and International Development (M9P7) - Year 2