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Thu 19 Nov 2020
14:00 - 15:30

Venue: Online

Provided by: Researcher Development Programme (RDP)


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Becoming interdisciplinary: research paradigms and terminology (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
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Thu 19 Nov 2020

Description

Across all AHSS disciplines (and within) there are varying views of what research is. Though not a definitive means by which to conceptualize research, this course offers Thomas Kuhn’s idea of the ‘research paradigm’ as a heuristic and expedient entry point into key terms and concepts often encountered by research students and the tactic assumptions underpinning them. This can and often does result in an ability to understand the significance of one’s own research, the research of others and the broader intellectual context in which both are situated.

Target audience

PhD Students in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here.

Prerequisites
  • The course is especially useful for those who feel less comfortable with the ‘common terminology’ (such as ‘ontology’, ‘epistemology’ etc.) and are perhaps apprehensive of asking colleagues and/or supervisors
  • This course will be facilitated online via Zoom, so please ensure you have access.
Sessions

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Thu 19 Nov   14:00 - 15:30 14:00 - 15:30 Online Dr C.A. Gilliam
Objectives
  • Be provided with an accessible and stimulating introduction to the notion of a research paradigm and the various established paradigms in use (e.g. ‘positivism’, ‘constructivism’, ‘pragmatism’)
  • Reflect on research assumptions and presuppositions
  • Familiarity with and/or refresh on essential terminology, e.g. ‘ontology’, ‘epistemology’) and its relation to research methods.
  • Form the basis for translating ideas and research into terms comprehensible to researchers in other disciplines
  • Be given the foundation to identify and successfully navigate between different paradigms in use, be they tacit or overt
Format

Online webinar (Zoom) with some group activities and participation.

Duration

One 1.5 hour session

Frequency

This course is scheduled to run once per term


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