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SS5102 Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences

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

This seminar-based module will introduce you to the basic theoretical approaches in the social sciences, encourage you to make connections between the methodological and epistemological issues involved in conducting social scientific research, and inspire you to reflect critically your own experience. The module will cover modern philosophy's historical evolution, positivism, feminism, critical theory and post-structuralism among other topics. Assessment will involve a one short review and one longer essay.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for MRes in Human Geography / Sustainable Development, for Research Methods in Psychology (MSc) and various other MRes Programmes

Optional for Sustainable Development (MRes), Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics (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:TBC (Colleagues from International Relations)