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Module INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

Module code: PO223
Credits: 5
Semester: 1
Department: SOCIOLOGY
International: No
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This module is designed for students of Politics and Criminology. Political research may be conducted on governments, public policies, political processes, civil society sector and political behaviour. Criminological research may be conducted on government responses to crime, public policies, politicisation of crime, the criminal justice system, and criminal behaviour. Both types of research are grounded in either political theory or criminological theory; both seek to influence social policy and both inform our understanding of the practice of politics and criminal justice practice.

The module introduces students to the main research methods used by both political scientists and criminologists. Lectures will give students an understanding of different research philosophies that underpin research design. We discuss the merits of various research methods such as interviewing, survey analysis, polling, focus groups and observation. We will also be sensitive to issues of power and ethical considerations as we explore the use and abuse of research data to further political agendas of lobbyists, politicians and a range of non-governmental actors and organisations.

The module is delivered through 16 core lectures, and 8 small group tutorials. In the Tutorial groups you will get hands-on experience of researching in your own primary discipline (Politics or Criminology).

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