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AZA4450: Researching for social sciences and humanities

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal datesfor the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

Faculty

Arts

Coordinators(s)

Dr Rose-Marie Bezuidenhout

Offered

South Africa

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)

Co-requisites

AZA4110, AZA4778, AZA4779

Prohibitions

ATS4450

Notes

Synopsis

The goal of this interdisciplinary research methodology unit is to provide students with a broad introduction to research in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Students will develop the skills required to conduct an independent research project and present their findings in the required form. Topics to be covered include research planning, design and execution, theoretical framework, argumentation, research methods, research ethics, data collection and analysis, and discourse and textual analysis. Discipline specific aspects of research will be covered in 3 weeks (out of the 12 weeks/semester).

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the meaning of research and research methodology in the Social Sciences and Humanities;
  2. Understand the dynamic relationships between their chosen research topic, the questions they ask and the methods they use;
  3. Understand the practical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding research in the Social Sciences and Humanities;
  4. Appreciate different research methodologies and select those relevant or appropriate for their research topic questions;
  5. Understand the place of different research methodologies in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts;
  6. Develop the skills to write a thorough and well-structured research proposal in their area of research interest.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Rose-Marie Bezuidenhout

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Child and youth development – South Africa
Criminology and criminal justice – South Africa
Communication and media studies – South Africa
Geography and environmental science – South Africa
International studies – South Africa
Journalism studies – South Africa
Philosophy and ethics – South Africa
Sociology – South Africa

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