Foundations of Social and Criminological Research 1 - SAPO3130

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Simon Shaw checkmark-circle


This module introduces debates about the nature of social research methods principally in sociology, criminology, social history and psychology, with reference to social policy, politics and other social sciences. It will introduce students to social research from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will develop key study and research skills for research methods module in Stage 2 and the dissertation in Stage 3.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


BSc in Social Sciences and BA Criminal Justice and Criminology – compulsory module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay of 2,500 words: 50%
2-hour examination: 50%

* Students must attain a pass in both elements to pass the module overall.

Reassessment methods
Reassessment instrument (100% exam)

Indicative reading

• Bryman, A. (2016) Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press
• Caulfield, L. and J. Hill (2014) Criminological Research for Beginners: A Student's Guide. London: Routledge
• Finch, E. (2016) Criminology Skills. Oxford: Oxford University Press
• Gadd, D., S. Messner, and S. Karstedt (2012) The Sage Handbook of Criminological Research Methods. London: Sage.
• May, T. (2011) Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
• Steel, D. and F. Guala (2011), The Philosophy of Social Science Reader. London: Routledge

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:
8.1 Knowledge of the development of the social science disciplines.
8.2 Knowledge of the key concepts and debates in social scientific research.
8.3 The ability to evaluate debates surrounding key issues in social sciences.
8.4 The ability to evaluate key qualitative data sources.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Organise material and communicate clearly in written essays
9.2 Conduct research using appropriate library and web-based resources in preparation for assessments
9.3 Demonstrate an understanding of different schools of thought and the ability to distinguish them


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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