Checking date: 23/10/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Research Design
Study: Master in Social Sciences (325)

Coordinating teacher: SANDELL , FRANK RICKARD

Department assigned to the subject:

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 5.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
Students will be able to¿ Describe the conceptual aspects of research methods Describe the process of conducting a literature review Compare and contrast the use of theory in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research Compare and contrast the use of theory in Economics, Sociology, and political Science Recognize the elements of an introduction to a research study Identify ethical concerns to anticipate in research Integrate knowledge of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches into developing a research design Draft a purpose statement, research questions and hypotheses. Draft a literature review.
Description of contents: programme
Course Purpose The purpose of this course is to provide a formal introduction and overview of research design. Course content is designed to cater for a general understanding of the preliminary considerations that go into selecting a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research design. These include knowing the definition for these different approaches, considering philosophical worldviews, reviewing the literature, understanding the use of theory, anticipating ethical issues, and developing writing strategies. We will discuss the process of research as it relates to each approach. This process includes writing an introduction, specifying a purpose statement, and developing research questions and/or hypotheses. This course will also discuss the methods and procedures for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods studies. In order to gain maximum benefits from this course, you should 1. Participate fully in class by reading assigned mandatory material prior to class sessions attending class regularly contributing enthusiastically and meaningfully to class discussions 2. Take responsibility for your own learning by o relating course content and projects to your own professional interests o monitoring your own understanding o seeking clarification and assistance when necessary 3. Demonstrate respect and consideration for others by o listening when others are speaking o provide review feedback on others work o being present for the entire class period
Learning activities and methodology
FORMATION ACTIVITIES Theorical class Practical classes Tutorials Individual work of the student TEACHING METHODOLOGIES Exhibitions in class of the teacher with support of computer and audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and the bibliography is provided to complement the students' learning. Critical reading of texts recommended by the teacher of the subject: Press articles, reports, manuals and / or academic articles, either for further discussion in class, or to expand and consolidate the knowledge of the subject. Resolution of practical cases, problems, etc. ¿raised by the teacher individually or in groups Exhibition and discussion in class, under the moderation of the teacher of topics related to the content of the subject, as well as practical cases Preparation of work and reports individually or in groups
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • Andrew Gelman and Jeronimo Cortina. A Quantitative Tour of the Social Sciences. California University Press. 2009
  • Dawn Brancati. Social Scientific Research. Sage. 2018
  • Patricia Leavy. Research Design. California University Press. 2017

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.