This guide is created to be a resource to you as you work on your assignments for SOSC 5110.
It is especially related to doing a literature review.
Excerpts from 2019 syllabus:
PAPER PRESENTATION: From week 6, some lecture time will be reserved for presentations. The topics of the presentations will be chosen by the students from recently published papers in leading social science journals, which should highlight novel research method and design in relevant disciplines
PROPOSAL PRESENTATION The last week of the class November 26th, 2019 will be reserved for you to present your research proposal in class. .....
1. Aims. .....
2. Research Significance...
3. Background. This should be a review of the relevant literature and a discussion of previous relevant studies. The background should make clear why your proposed research differs from previous studies, and identify the gaps in the previous research that you seek to fill.
You select documents on the topic that contain information, ideas, data, & evidence
You write it from specific standpoints - express views on the nature of the topic & how you will investigate the topic or question(s)
You effectively evaluate (appraise critically, not just summarize) the documents you selected in relation to the research you propose.
(Hart 1998, p.13)
Research is Conducted by:
Associations | Businesses | Charities | Governments | Individuals (people) | Institutions (universities, think tanks, etc.) | Pressure groups | Trade Unions
► Information is Generated from:
Research | Critical evaluations | Interperative work
► Information from, on, or about Research is Communicated via:
Anthologies | Blogs | Books (monographs) | Book chapters | Conference Papers | Emails | Journals | Journal articles | Lectures | Letters | Meetings | Newsletters | Newspapers | Reports | Seminars | Textbooks | Theses | Tweets
► Information from, on, or about Research is Organized in:
Article Databases | Bibliographies | Data Repositories | Dictionaries | Encyclopedias | Library Catalogs
(Hart, 1998, p. 4)
(Hart 1998, p. 13)
Questions your Literature Review can answer about your topic
(Hart 1998, p. 14)
Scholarship as an activity = thinking systematically
Integration (making intellectual connections) between ideas, theories, & experience = key to good scholarship
(Hart 1998, p 8-9)
Social Science has many sub-disciplines and methods - but has some core skills, attitudes & abilities . As an apprentice sopcial scientist you will learn to...
(Hart, 1998, p. 5)