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SO242 - Designing and Conducting Social Research

  • Module code: SO242
  • Module name: Designing and Conducting Social Research
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module introduces students to core methodological concepts and strategies used in qualitative social science research including: research design, ethnography, in-depth interviewing, documents and discourse. In the module we will discuss and develop the analytic skills necessary to interrogate epistemological assumptions in published sociological research and claims of knowledge in the social sciences more generally. In addition to critically evaluating previous research, students will develop their ability to collect and analyze data using a range of qualitative methods. By the end of the module, students will acquire knowledge about the research tools widely applicable in academic and professional settings, and demonstrate evidence of this through a qualitative methods portfolio and research proposal.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will acquire knowledge about the research tools widely applicable in academic and professional settings, and demonstrate evidence of this through a qualitative methods portfolio and research proposal.

Timetabled teaching activities

1-hour lecture, and 1.5-hour seminar per week, over the course of 10 weeks

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/prospective/ugstudy/modules/so242

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: SO242-15)
A2 (Assessed work only) 4000 word essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • BA in Sociology (L301) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (L302) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (L303) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (L304) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (L305) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L307) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L308) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L309) - Year 2
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L310) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Quantitative Methods (L311) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Global Sustainable Development (L3L8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (ML13) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Law and Sociology (ML33) - Year 2
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (ML34) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Full-time) (Y205) - Year 2
Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Health & Social Policy (2+2) (LM4A) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Social Studies [2 + 2] (Y202) - Year 3
Optional
  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 6
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 7
  • Undergraduate Social Studies (Part-time) (Y201) - Year 9