The course will provide an advanced critical and pluralist introduction to theory, methodology and research ethics in the humanities, education and social sciences. It will consider the characteristics and mutual relations of these disciplines, and also how these disciplines relate to other sciences. It will examine the relationships between ontology, epistemology and research methods, and introduce students to a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including fieldwork, observation, interviews, surveys, and analysis of texts and other artefacts. It will introduce approaches to the analysis of material culture and art, including social semiotics and hermeneutics. It will introduce students to current ethical guidelines and policies for research, and reflect on ethical principles in cross-cultural research, contract research and impartiality.
The course will focus on the nature of scientific research in the humanities, education and social sciences. How the general conception of scientific research relates to each discipline will be discussed. Furthermore, the course will deal with thesis formulation, methods and strategy, including the scientific bases of a research project in the humanities, education and social sciences. Training in basic statistical analysis, computer-aided qualitative data analysis, databases, and surveys will be offered, as appropriate to the student¿s specialisation. The course will relate hermeneutics, qualitative and quantitative research methods to theory and to research ethics.
The course combines a focus on research design with work on the synthesis and conclusion of the project. This implies viewing the project in the perspective of the history of science, connecting empirical material and theory, and combining different methods. It will also involve evaluating the project¿s validity and generalisations and exploring the reach of the conclusions made.
The course addresses the whole span of a research project, and each session integrates research philosophy, paradigms, methods, analysis and ethics.
Faculty of Humanities and Education