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Course Overview

Sociologists use a range of methods and techniques to explore and test sociological theory. This module introduces many of these methods and techniques. It aims to ground students’ theoretical understanding of society through the practical analysis of a variety of data. It starts by introducing the varying philosophical starting points of research and goes on to provide foundation level critical analysis skills in the key quantitative and qualitative methods that sociologists have deployed to understand and ‘capture’ the social world.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rhoda M. Wilkie

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The course covers the following areas:

  • Underlying philosophy of social science research in terms of what counts as knowledge.
  • Qualitative research methods, such as in-depth interviewing and participant observation.
  • Quantitative research methods, such as sampling and questionnaire construction and design.
  • Elementary statistical analyses, such as graphical displays of data, measures of central tendency and variation, cross-tabulations and elaboration.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Online quizzes (weeks 1 & 4) x 5% each (10%)

Take home essay/exam 2000 words (40%)

Take home exam/assignment (50%)


Resit (for students who took the course in Academic Year 2020/21):  

2hr exam based on the qualitative section of the course (100%) 

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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