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Core Course

Centre of Latin American Studies


Research Methods and Frameworks

Social Science Research

Friday, 13 October 2017, 14:00 - 16:00, Room SG1, ARB

Graham Denyer Willis

This seminar will provide participants with an introductory understanding of what social science is, and why it matters. The discussion will hinge on the relationship between evidence, theory, analysis and finding, which is central to all rigorous and defensible research. We will discuss epistemology, or 'how we know what we know'. This means clarifying the interconnections between how to identify a problem, how to formulate a research question, how to gather data as evidence, and how to make an diligent argument as a logical extension of evidence. 

Key issues

  • Identifying social problems
  • The role of theory
  • Developing research questions
  • Gathering data and evidence
  • Relating a defensible finding

The Uses and Abuses of Theory in Cultural Studies

Thursday, 16 November, 2017: 10:00 - 12:00, Room 204, ARB

Mara Polgovsky

Carlos ReygadasIn this seminar we will discuss appropriate methodologies in Latin American Cultural Studies, the different traditions to which they belong, their history and their variation in relation to the study of literature, visual culture, film, art, gender, performance and cultural and intellectual history. The seminar will focus in particular on the use of theory in this discipline and the ways in which theory may both illuminate and obscure research, depending upon its use, applicability, relevance, and understanding. Students will share their experience with this practice and their expectations about it, while also debating its importance and possibilities. There will be no readings for this session. 

Academic Writing for Postgraduate Research

Friday, 17 November, 2017: 14:00 - 16:00, Room 204, ARB

Joanna Page

This seminar will focus on the kind of advanced writing skills needed to succeed in postgraduate research. Among the topics we will cover are how to express your ideas with clarity and fluency, questions of style, how to organize arguments effectively, and how to manage the process of writing and editing.