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SOC219 Policy Research (8)


The principles and procedures of research are presented for those seeking to use and apply research rather than necessarily carrying out research themselves. The subject offers critical perspectives on research covering both qualitative and quantitative methods. Applied research, including policy and programme evaluation as carried out in policy contexts, provides a basis for critique of actual research projects and publications.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate their familiarity with basic qualitative and quantitative research methods including sampling and analysis
- be able to demonstrate understanding of the concepts of validity and reliability
- be able to demonstrate understanding of the principles and procedures of policy research including evaluation
- be able to critically analyse research design and procedures
- be familiar with sources of official statistics and their evaluation
- be able to demonstrate the ability to design research programmes and projects
- be able to critically analyse research reports


The subject will cover the following topics:
- The principles underlying qualitative and quantitative methodologies - Basic research design including sampling - Relationship between concepts and indicators - Validity and reliability - Evaluation research - Use of official statistics - The relationship between research and the policy process


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.