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Semester and Year Offered: Semester 1 / Year 1
Course Coordinator and Team: N. Nakkeeran (GS), Pritpal Singh Randhawa (US) and Faculty members from CELE
Email of course coordinators: nakkeeran[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in, pritpal[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
This course is aimed at introducing the post graduate students to social science research and methodology. It is also aimed at equipping them with basic research skills.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
This course consists of four modules.
Module 1: Introduction to Social Science Research – Two weeks
This is an introductory module on social science research dealing with what is social research all about? How is social research understood as scientific research? What does one create and gain from a successful research process, analysis and writing? What are the strengths and difficulties of social research? What is interdisciplinary in social research? What does it mean in Global/Urban Studies?
Module II: Basic Research Skills-1 – Tour, interactions and tutorial (Four weeks)
This module introduces students to effectively utilise different research related resource available in higher education contexts including library and its resources, accessing and using different online /digital resources and platforms such as Delnet, JSTOR, Google Scholar etc. This module will also focus on building the skill of effective reading.
Module III: Basic Research Skills-2 – Lecture and tutorial (Four weeks)
In continuation with the previous module, module III focuses on building the skill of effective academic writing and making presentation along with other adjunct skills such as reviewing books, reviewing literature, citation and referencing. It also deals with issue of plagiarism in academic writing.
Module IV. Research Problem, Questions and Methods (Two weeks)
Module IV will focus on conceptualising a research, starting from formulation of a research problem, framing research questions and objectives, and understanding the relevance, appropriateness and use of different research methods.
Assessment Details with weights:
This course will have continuous assessment in the form of classroom and take-home assignments to be done individually, in pairs and in groups (70%) followed by an end semester exam (30%). The repertoire of skills included will hold the students in good stead for the remainder of the Master’s programme and will also constitute the foundation for qualitative and quantitative research methods training that they are required to undertake.