Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SSIM903: Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

The module will fulfil the ESRC requirement for training in core research design, collection and analysis skills by addressing the on the ground characteristics and challenges of ‘doing’ interdisciplinary research. On completion of the module you will be able to critically assess concepts such as interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity. You will have  acquired relevant practical skills and knowledge of how a range of methods can be integrated in an ethically sound manner to examine interdisciplinary problems, and will have developed an appreciation of the importance of pertinent interdisciplinary thinking.

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. Define and communicate the complexities of defining and describing interdisciplinary research.
2. Appreciate the inherent and necessary interdisciplinarity of studying contemporary social science issues
3. Demonstrate analytical and conceptual skills in your research design and written work.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate relevant critical skills for the evaluation of evidence.
5. Address interdisciplinary problems from a range of social science perspectives.
6. Elaborate the ethical aspects of interdisciplinary research.
Personal and Key Skills7. Elaborate the ethical aspects of interdisciplinary research.
8. Manage your time to complete an independent research project.
9. Demonstrate lateral, critical and analytical reasoning.