Introduction to Social Research Methods

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Introduction to Social Research Methods

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Introduction to Social Research Methods
The course Introduction to Social Research Methods is an online class provided by The University of Edinburgh through edX. The skill level of the course is Intermediate. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Explore research methods, the contexts in which they are used, and the benefits, drawbacks and ethical implications involved, as you learn how researchers try to find out about people, societies, and cultures.
Course description
How does ‘society’ function? What makes ‘culture’? These are crucially important questions that can help us to understand the most pressing issues that human beings face today – but how do we answer them? This course will explore the techniques and approaches used by researchers to answer difficult questions about the social world. In this course, we’re going to explore: The kinds of methods researchers tend to adopt The contexts in which certain research methods are used The benefits, drawbacks and ethical implications of research This course isn’t a practical or technical guide to doing research. Rather, it offers a way for us to think deeply about what methods are, and what they allow us to achieve. When you complete this course, we want you to be critical users of research – and that means having the ability to always question the application of methods, and to hold ourselves to account as researchers and scholars. That not only makes our research better, it also foregrounds the things that are most exciting and interesting about methods. We’ve designed this course to provide you with a unique opportunity to develop your understanding of methods. This course is part of the Masters in Digital Education programme at the University of Edinburgh. You will study alongside students who are enrolled at the University and who are working towards a postgraduate qualification. By joining us you’ll get a sense of what it is like to study on our programme. The Masters in Digital Education has built up a reputation over the years for critical engagement in our field, and it is this way of learning that we want to foreground in this course. Introduction to Social Research Methods will be about developing a rounded understanding of methods, and their underlying assumptions and values.

Prerequisites & Facts

Introduction to Social Research Methods

Course Topic

Social Sciences

University, College, Institution

The University of Edinburgh

Course Skill Level

Intermediate

Course Language

English

Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

Degree

Certificate

Degree & Cost

Introduction to Social Research Methods

To obtain a verified certificate from edX / The University of Edinburgh you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (49.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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