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SS5101 Being a Social Scientist

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 11
Planned timetable:3.00 - 5.00 pm Fri

Through a series of interactive seminars this two-part module explores the fundamental skills required by all social scientists. In part one, the module will focus on how to design and produce a research dissertation. Assessment will be in the form of a critical essay that analyses the research design of a selection of papers. In part two, issues of professional development (e.g. ethics, careers, grant writing) will be addressed. Assessment will be in the form of a class test in which you will review and comment on two research proposals.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for MRes in Human Geography / Sustainable Development. Compulsory for various MRes Programmes outwith the School.

Optional for Research Methods in Psychology (MSc), for Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics (MSc), for Sustainable Development (MSc), for Sustainable Development and Energy (MSc). Optional for various other MRes Programmes

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2-hour seminar.

Assessment pattern

Postgraduate Assessment :Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr M Kesby
Module teaching staff:Dr M Kesby