Role of Thinking: Philosophy of Social Research

Module fact file

Level:
Masters Level
Semester:
Summer Term
Credits:
10 credits
Contact Hours:
10:00-16:00 (Over two days)
Restrictions
MA Social Research

Contact details

Module lead
Nick Peim
Email
n.a.peim@bham.ac.uk

Module description

This module is designed to provide an introduction to the metaphysical dimension of research.  This involves enabling students to refine and sharpen their sense of their own project, especially in terms of a basic phenomenology of research relations. The module will also consider the ontological and hermeneutic dimensions of engaging with research, involving question about the nature of identity and exploration. All of this is approached via completely accessible ways of thinking derived from post-Kantian philosophy.  Students will be invited to consider their own situations as researchers, their own purposes and assumptions and will also be asked to engage in questions concerning the relations between method and methodology and ethic and ethics.

Aims and objectives

The main purpose of the module is to provide postgraduate researchers with resources for productively expanding their research thinking which will have benefits for thesis composition.  It will enable students to refine and sharpen their sense of their own project in terms of a basic phenomenology of research relations. The module will also give students the opportunity to engage with the ontological and hermeneutic dimensions of research. This will be achieved through accessible ways of thinking derived from post-Kantian philosophy. 

Learning outcomes

The main purpose of the module is to provide students with resources for productively expanding their research thinking with palpable benefits for thesis composition.  By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Articulate their own research orientation, their sense of context, addressing issues of subject-object relations
  • Understand the metaphysical dimension of research practice in terms of specific choices of method
  • Express a refined sense of their own purposes as researchers engaging with a specific field in a specific modality.

Assessment

3,000 word assignment. Assignment on the ontological and hermeneutic dimensions of engaging with research linked to students' own situations as researchers, their own purposes and assumptions.

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