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This course introduces the process of conducting research and will present contemporary social research methods of relevance to the study of policy, development and international relations. In the course, you will explore the processes involved in locating and making sense of information and in generating new information through research. Covering both qualitative and quantitative research methods, the course reviews survey design, in-depth interviews and focus groups, observational research and textual analysis. You will learn the concepts and challenges associated with conducting research. You will also acquire skills in research design, data collection, data analysis and report-writing.

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 1, Term 3



Delivery Mode

Partially online

Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Enrolment in a Master of Development Studies, International Relations, or Public Policy and Governance

Course Outline

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