Module Lead: Nicholas Horsewood
Introduction and module objectives:
The module takes a broad view, dealing with issues pertinent to all research in economics. It includes a discussion of: literature reviews and data sources; the status and growth of economic knowledge; ethics of economic research; and overall design of a research project - aims, philosophy and methods, evaluating existing research, and writing up and disseminating findings.
By the end of the module the student should be able to:
demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all stages of the research process, including the important links between its various components;
critically appraise the philosophical and ethical issues relating to research in economics;
identify and analyse primary and secondary data sources;
appraise and synthesise the relevant literature, explaining how the theories have been tested;
design a research project, carry out research involved and communicate findings.
Method of assessment:
A 3,500-word research proposal (100%)