Social Scientific Research Methods

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode THM-SSRM5
Vaknaam Social Scientific Research Methods
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Social Scientific Research Methods
Leerdoelen Students will be able to:
  • Demarcate a research topic for their thesis based on their own literature research
  • Assess the feasibility of their proposed research based on preparatory network conversations with professionals with expertise concerning their research topics
  • Outline a conceptual framework suited to their research
  • Formulate a research question and sub-questions that follow from the conceptual framework
  • Operationalize these research questions
  • Make an informed decision on the methodology and research methods that will be used, reflecting on science-theoretical positioning and ethics of research, linked to their research question and conceptual framework
  • Indicate what data they will gather and how they will analyze this data, linked to their research question and conceptual framework
Omschrijving This course will prepare students for researching and writing their thesis. It will introduce the notion of the research cycle, and will focus on the sub-cycle of the research design. The course is designed in such a way that it will take students through the steps of designing their own research, in consultation with their supervisors. Furthermore, the course will include training in specific social scientific research methods for data gathering and analysis, such as interviewing, discourse analysis, ethnographic research and mixed methods. Finally, research ethics will be discussed and students will have to write an ethical statement before their research design can be graded and approved. Students have to pass this course in order to qualify for the final phase of research and writing for their thesis.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm groepsdiscussie, lectures and seminars, peer review, readings
Toetsvorm opdracht(en), participation, projectopdracht
(Further literature will be specified in the course guide.)
Vaksoort master
Docent(en) dr. K.E. Knibbe
  • This course depends very much on your own initiative in reading, networking and writing a research proposal.
  • If you do not pass this course, you will not be allowed to start your research. If students do not pass the resit, they will have to retake this course the following year.
  • Assessment of this course will be based on the preparatory assignment (30%), the final research proposal (50%) and an oral presentation (20%).
  • Research master studenten kunnen deze cursus volgen maar zullen een andere cursus code hebben:THRM-SSRM5. Om deze cursus als ResMa-student te volgen, zullen zij licht gewijzigde opdrachten uitvoeren. Dit zal worden uitgelegd in de cursusgids.
  • Workload: lectures and seminars 7x3 hours= 21 hours, individual work (reading literature, preparing assignments) 50 hours, preparing research proposal 70 hours.
  • In geval van noodsituaties of overmacht, zoals een maatschappelijke lockdown, moeten er mogelijk wijzigingen worden aangebracht in de lesroosters, toetsing en beoordeling. De docent zal je zo snel mogelijk informeren over deze wijzigingen, mocht een dergelijke situatie zich voordoen.
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