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Course Details in 2018/19 Session

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Module Title LM Documentary Research in Education, History + the Social Science
SchoolCOS - College Hub
Department COS - College Hub
Module Code 08 22018
Module Lead Dr Kevin Myers
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions MA Social Research
Description This module introduces students to the theory and practice of documentary research. It emphasises the wide variety of documentary data available; from state archives, public legislation, census data, newspapers, community/voluntary records, commercial advertising and novels. Strategies for locating and utilising this range of data are then examined, discussed and applied with an emphasis on issues of interpretation.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Identify a variety of documentary sources appropriate to social science research (generally) and proposed research project (specifically)
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of documentary data for use in social research
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the interpretative models available to social science researchers
  • Analyse and interpret a range of documentary data
  • Assess the applicability of interpretative models to different kinds of data
  • Participate effectively in a range of learning activities
Assessment 22018-01 : Assignment : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: assignment of 2,000 words. Reassessment:Resubmission of summative assignment
Other None
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