Start Date9 October
LocationThis course can be taken anywhere in the world.
Note: This is a module on our Flexible and Distance Learning (FDL) MA in International Development. Only learners who are already on the programme may take part in this module. Click here for further information.
The aim of this course in Research Methodologies is to provide an integrated training in methods appropriate for primary research in development.
- To facilitate engagement with debates in social research
- To investigate various research techniques
- To complete successful applied research within learners’ chosen specialist area
Module Learning Outcomes
Course participants will be able to undertake and present a piece of primary research in a specialist area related to development studies. This implies that:
- Course participants will have a good understanding of different theoretical approaches to social research.
- Course participants will have a familiarity with different data collection tools which can be applied in primary development research.
- Participants will have an understanding of ethical issues in relation to carrying out research in a development context.
- Participants will be familiar with different sampling strategies and will be able to analyse primary research data.
- Participants will have been prepared to carry out specialist research and have a specialised and deep understanding of one area of development studies.
Block 1 – Introduction to Research
- Starting to Research
Block 2 – Some Design and Methodological Issues
- Different Approaches to Social Research – Qualitative and Quantitative Research
- Designing a Sampling Strategy
- Designing a Case Study – Refining a Research Topic
- Interviews and Focus Group Discussions
Block 3 – Principles of Quantitative Research
- Questionnaires and Surveys
- Quantitative Data Gathering
- Data Presentation
- Central Tendency and Dispersion
Block 4 – Research Proposal Preparation
- Tutorial – Research Proposal Preparation
Block 5 – Participatory Research
- Introduction to Participatory and Emancipatory Research
- Participatory Workshop on Ethics in Social Research
Block 6 – Working towards a Dissertation
- Analysing Qualitative Data
- Review of Research Design and Proposal Preparation
- Review of Data Collection Methods for Research
- Undertaking a Literature Review and Writing a Research Proposal
- Presenting Information and Writing a Dissertation
- Research Presentations
Details of assessment and up to date reading lists for this module will be made available to learners following enrolment.
Please note that this description is subject to change.