The Global Health and Social Medicine degrees are designed to equip students with an understanding of how empirical social science research in this field is conducted and an ability to carry out research of this kind themselves in future employment. Case Studies in GHSM offers students an opportunity to study a set of four complex research projects that have been successfully completed by experienced practitioners. These researchers introduce students to the methodologies employed in their particular project and provide a critical assessment of the strengths weaknesses of their approach. An important aim of this module is to broaden students’ awareness of the range of substantive topics that are researched in GHSM (such as dementia, ADHD or post-conflict trauma) but also to familiarise them with the range of methodologies that are used to undertake such research including, for example, visual methodologies, ethnography, and archival research. Students will broaden their knowledge of research practice and refine their understanding of particular methodologies improving their ability to select a suitable approach in undertake their own research in their forthcoming dissertation. In the two hour workshops held fortnightly the classroom is ‘flipped’ requiring students to apply the methodology under discussion to an imagined case study. This provides students with ‘hands on’ experience of applying given methodologies and experience assessing the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of that methodology.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Dr Nancy Tamimi
Module assessment - more information
This module is formally assessed through three pieces of coursework. Students are required to complete two proposals for a piece of research that are based on two of the four methodologies reviewed in the module. The research proposal will be 1750 words in length and will follow a set format. Each is worth 40% of your marks for the module. Further instructions regarding this as assessment will be provided in class. The final piece of assessment is a short 1,000 word reflective report on the workshops and the grant proposal writing process in which you critically assess your approach to the task. This is worth 20% of your mark for the module.