Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2083: The Research Toolkit for Politics and International Relations

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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, you will work in small groups to design research instruments and collect and analyse your own data.

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. gain knowledge of the research process and the concepts used to describe research methodology;
3. present a coherent research proposal
Discipline-Specific Skills4. use analytical skills in both written and oral work
5. deploy a range of research tools, assessing their applicability to addressing particular research questions
Personal and Key Skills6. interact effectively within a team/ learning group and to share information and ideas
7. manage relevant learning resources/ information/ learning strategies and to develop own arguments and opinions with some guidance
8. communicate effectively in written and oral work