Research Skills and literacy: Philosophy and Methods in Social Sciences

First year module

The two-year Methods training programme aims to provide students with a solid and encompassing training in skills and research methods.

Methods 1 represents the first stage of that process. As such, this module uses a variety of forms of teaching delivery (lectures, workshops, student-led presentation sessions) to encourage students to develop the skills they will find invaluable to their progression through an undergraduate degree programme. These skills include learning from lectures and seminars, essay planning and preparation, presentation skills and engaging with the philosophy of social science research methodology.

Learning Outcomes 

By the end of this module, you (the student) are expected to:

  • Demonstrate reflective awareness of yourself as a researcher in the discipline of political science, broadly conceived.
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage critically with intellectual debates in political science from an informed perspective.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate, both verbally and in writing, informed arguments about issues in political science.


  • Term One: 1 x 1000 words formative in-class test
  • Term Two: 1 x 1000 word summative essay (20%), 1 x 1,500 summative assessed essay (35%), Presentation (10%)
  • Term Three: 1 x 1,500 word summative assessed essay (35%)