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Core Course

Centre of Latin American Studies


Research Methods and Frameworks

Social Science Research

Friday, 18 October 2019, 13:00 - 15:00, Room 204, CLAS

Pedro Mendes Loureiro

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 a 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