Ompare and contrast the methodological and theoretical approaches of two different pieces of social science research exploring the same topic/issue.

Degree Social Science with specialisation in Anthropology

Subject Knowing the Social World is a module that focuses on research methods. This module aims to provide students with further skills in critiquing and evaluation research, as well as an understanding of some of the practical and theoretical considerations in carrying out social research. In this module we will consider and debate principles of social research, and investigate the appropriateness of different approaches to research. Key research techniques will be explored and evaluated.

Assignment Essay 2500 word

Sources between 15 and 20 at least. Only academic books or academic articles. one of the sources has to be Bryman, A. (2012, 4th Edition) Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [earlier editions are available and will be just as useful]

Guidance / Brief:
One essay on differing approaches to social science research.
This piece of work is designed to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
i · Knowledge of the strengths and limitations of different methodological approaches.
i · The ability to identify and evaluate different research techniques.
i · The ability to discuss and evaluate research findings.
i · The ability to present theoretically informed discussions.

What to Include
i · A well structured and coherent argument
i · Discussion of the key issues related to the question
i · Demonstration of in depth thinking about the topic in relation to the overall themes of the course
i · Interpretation and thoughtful discussion of the material you present
i · Demonstration of wide reading
i · Complete referencing of sources throughout, preferably following the Harvard format, including a full reference list at the end of the piece.

What to Avoid
i · Submitting an assignment that is significantly under or over the prescribed word limit
i · Description without any analysis or interpretation
i · Including irrelevant material in relation to the question
i · Out of date, inappropriate or unreliable sources of information
i · Giving personal opinions without justifying them with reference to evidence

Criteria for a 2:1 Shows critical insight and appreciation of the topic and associated literature. Both introductory material and the critical discussion show a logical sequence of ideas, and conclusions are fully justified. Totally focused on the subject matter, with evidence of understanding and reading beyond that provided by the lecturer. Skill in synthesis should be obvious. Engages critically and imaginatively with the literature, moving beyond the material presented in lectures and positioning its own argument within the academic debate. Abundant evidence of background research and citations of references from relevant research. Written in unambiguous, readable English, with complete and accurate referencing. Analysis of numerical material will be complete, accurate and appropriate.