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SOSC 2140 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences (Stuart): About

This guides is designed to help SOSC 2140 students to find book, articles, etc. useful for their learning and projects.

Goals of this Library Guide

The  short-term goals of this guide are to supplement the face-to-face Library sessions:

  • Will be able to search, find, and select readings [gather]  on migration (both empirical and theoretical) in order to be able to...

  • Produce a fully referenced research proposal studying an area of migration which you have found interesting and relevant,

The long-term goal of this guide is to help you become a thoughtful user and creator of social science information and knowledge.


Your SOSC 2140 Research proposal

The key output of the course will be for your group to produce a fully referenced research proposal studying an area of migration which you have found interesting and relevant, based on both your reading of empirical and theoretical literature as well as from talking to the stakeholders and migrants themselves. You will have to design a research project which:

  • Follows a recognised approach to research design
  • Applies an appropriate research methodology
  • Conforms to ethical guidelines
  • OPTIONAL, but strongly advised: Can be performed within one semester within a budget of HK$10,000 and up to 6 people in a team working together

In order to achieve this, you will need to watch the online lectures, read the relevant empirical and theoretical literature, and work with the instructors.

Your group will submit a 2,500 words proposal as well a one-slide overview. You will need to pitch the proposal to other social science faculty as well as the original stakeholders, who will grade you on the following elements:

  • Practicality of research design
  • Linkages to empirical and theoretical context
  • Ethics of research project
  • Elements of reflection

Feedback form (open for 24 hours after session starts):   http://library.ust.hk/feedback

Questions for Reflection (after class)

Library session

(a)        Find out what other researchers say about the paper

(b)        How can you find other sources in the library to help you to see if other approaches have been taken?

(c)        What other sources have you found?

(d)        How do they help you understand the paper you read?

(e)        Do you have any new thoughts on exercises 1-3 after looking at other papers?

 

Powerpoint & Feedback form

Feedback form (open for 24 hours after session starts):   http://library.ust.hk/feedback

 

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