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Block 2: Foundations of Social Scientific Research

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S1 Research philosophies - Professor Eleni Hatzidimitriadou - Tuesday 17th October, 2.30-4pm Room Ng09

  • distinguish between different ontologies and epistemologies;
  • basic understanding of the difference between qualitative and quantitative methods and mixed methods and
  • where appropriate to use them/how they fit with larger paradigmatic assumptions

S2 Hypothetically Speaking - Dr Peter Watts - Thursday 19th October 9am-10.30pm Room Rf35

Research is about the production of knowledge: and knowledge, at its most basic, is words about things. As such, an understanding of the nature of the relationship between words and things is central to effective research practice: it impacts directly on many questions of both practical and broader concern to the researcher, such as: what does a robust, researchable / scientific proposition or hypothesis look like; what is knowledge and what are its limits; what is it to be objective; what is science? It is also a highly contentious issue. Drawing on a number of themes and debates from epistemology, philosophy of language, and the history, philosophy and sociology of science, this session will begin to explore the relationship between words and things, with a view to informing research practice.

S3 Foundations of Quantitative Research - Professor Eleni Hatzidimitriadou - Thursday 19th October 2017, 11am-12.30pm. Room Ns09

  • Introduction to quantitative research design

S4 Reflexivity in Research - Dr Ian Wellard - Thursday 19th October 1.30-3pm Room Ns09

Although more often associated with qualitative research, reflexivity is a central aspect of any research process. It relates to the consequences and implications of every action that is made, either by the researcher or within the field (or lab), throughout the research. This session will provide an exploration of this complex concept and we will look at the varying interpretations of reflexivity. For example; methodological reflexivity (Bourdieu and Wacquant 1992), emotional reflexivity (Burkitt 2012) and embodied reflexivity (Wellard 2013).


S5 Foundations of Qualitative Research - Professor Adrian Holliday - Thursday 19th October 3.15-4.45pm Room Nf01

  • Introduction to qualitative research design – ‘thinking qualitatively’

S6 Mixed methods research - Nicole Holt - Tuesday 24th October 2017 1.30-3pm Room Mg03

Understanding of the rationale, theoretical assumptions, and criticisms of mixed methods approaches

S7 Literature search and review in the social sciences - Dr Patricia Driscoll - Thursday 26th October, 9am-10.30 Room Rf31

  • Understand different approaches to literature reviews including theoretical, historical, narrative
  • Identify gaps in the literature
  • Understand the link between the literature review and underpinning theoretical frameworks
  • Consider the link between the literature review and methodology chapters

S8 Literature Reviews - Kathy Chaney (Library) - Thursday 26th October, 11am-12.30pm Room Lg45

  • Literature Reviews in the Social Sciences

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S9 Research Questions and Hypotheses - Dr Sabina Hulbert - Thursday 9th November, 2017, 1.30-3pm Room Rf02 (IT)

  • Develop the ability to ask appropriate research questions
  • Gain an understanding of formulating hypotheses where appropriate.

S 10 Probability and Hypothesis Testing - Dr Sabina Hulbert - Thursday 9th November, 2017, 3.15-4.45pm Room Jg28 (IT)

  • Develop a basic understanding of probability
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of hypotheses testing in inferential statistics

S11 Literature search and review in the social sciences - Professor Adrian Holliday- Tuesday 6th March, 9am-10.30pm

  • Understand different approaches to literature reviews including theoretical, historical, narrative
  • Identify gaps in the literature
  • Understand the link between the literature review and underpinning theoretical frameworks
  • Consider the link between the literature review and methodology chapters

S12 Literature search and review in the social sciences (library led)- Library Services- Tuesday 6th March, 11am-12.30pm (REPEAT)

  • The library will cover fundamental elements of a literature search and review through the online search


Please note that our sessions are available to Christ Church University staff and students only. You must register for an event with a CCCU email account to attend

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