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Approaches to Researching Development: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (Module)

Module description

In Semester 1, this module introduces students to the basics of quantitative methods required for the rigorous study and analysis of economic and social development. The module aims to explain the use of techniques and statistical theories as well as emphasise the reasoning behind them. Application of these techniques and practice with data play a key role in building a strong foundation in quantitative methods. Hence, students will be introduced to the statistical software package STATA in order to learn data analysis, including summarising and plotting data, testing hypotheses, correlation and regression analysis.

In Semester 2, this module explores the theory and application of qualitative approaches to researching development. The module covers foundational texts and approaches to qualitative methods. This exposure to qualitative methodology is valuable in developing students’ ability to critically engage with development scholarship. It is also directly relevant to helping students advance the design of their own research projects, such as dissertations.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information

Taught by: Sanchari Roy (Semester 1) and Raphael Susewind (Semester 2)

Teaching pattern

Taught in: Semester 1 and Semester 2

Module assessment - more information

1 x 1,500 Word Essay (25%); 1 x 2 Hour Exam (25%); and 1 x 3,000 Words Essay (50%)

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Key information

Module code 5YYD0010

Credit level 5

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 30

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No