Research Methodology I

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreNA4

Course Coordinator: Dr. Pritpal Randhawa
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.
Course Outcomes

  1. To train the students in the basic elements of social science research.
  2. To know the basic tenets of research as a creative and strategic process.
  3. To train students to think logically and scientifically in an inter-disciplinary framework.
  4. To improve academic reading and writing skills.

Brief description of units
Unit 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? Why does it mean in Urban Studies?
Unit 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.
Unit 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.
Unit 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 weightage

  1. Continuous assessment (35%) – summary of an article, quiz, group activity etc.
  2. Mid Term Assignment (25%)
  3. Assignment by Visiting Faculty (10%)
  4. End Semester Exam (30%)

Reading List

  1. Paddison, R. (2001). Handbook of Urban Studies (Chapter 1: Studying Cities), New Delhi: Sage Publication.
  2. Babbie, E. (2008). The Basics of Social Research, 2008, Thomson Wordsworth (4th Edn.)
  3. Bhattacherjee, A. (2012). Social Science Research: Principles, Methods and Practices, Creatives Common Attribution.
  4. Sørensen, C. (2002): This is Not an Article — Just Some Food for Thoughts on How to Write
  5. One. Working Paper. Department of Information Systems, The London School of Economics and Political Science. No. 121.
  6. Worksheets and some reading material will be distributed during the classroom interaction