Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2083: The Research Toolkit for Politics and International Relations

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

This module provides an introduction to research design, research execution and research methods in both theory and practice. You will learn how to produce a literature review and scope out a research project. In addition to standard lectures in which the pros and cons of research methods are conveyed, it seeks to enlighten you about the compromises made during the research process. It does this through critiquing research methods used by others, and through the practice of writing a research brief. Employability, verbal and oral communication and general research skills will be strengthened.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate understanding of the research process: from producing a literature review and designing research questions through to communicating results
2. use appropriate concepts to describe research process and methodology
3. present coherent arguments in critical reviews; and
Discipline-Specific Skills4. use analytical skills in both written and oral work
5. evaluate research methods deployed in published research
Personal and Key Skills6. interact effectively within a team/ learning group and to share information and ideas
7. relevant learning resources/ information/ learning strategies and to develop own arguments and opinions with some guidance
8. communicate effectively in written and oral work