This course will provide students with a systematic introduction to the practical conduct of social research through exemplars and practical exercises involving research on some aspect of London’s social life. By the end of the course students will
- Have a grounding in the different methods used by social scientists to analyse social relations in London, and an awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of their different methods
- Have experience in practical research strategies including the design of questionnaires, conducting structured and semi-structured interviews, ethnographic observation, documentary and web based sources.
- Be able to analyse different kinds of data, using quantitative methods, grounded theory, visual and historical analysis
- Be able to relate different research repertoires to methodological strategies in sociology, including reliability, validity and measurement.
- Understand the ethical issues involved in social research.
- Be able to develop a research proposal which will inform their dissertation design.
This course is fundamental for students to gain skills in research methods which will be vital for their dissertations in the final year, and will also be invaluable for developing methods skills which will enhance employability and/or graduate study.