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Wed 1 May 2024


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Becoming interdisciplinary: research paradigms and terminology (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
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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 tacit 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.

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.

Please note, this is a theory-heavy session

Target audience

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

Prerequisites

This course will facilitated via Zoom, please ensure you have access. Zoom Joining link will be sent in Booking Confirmation email.

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

Some group activities and participation.

Duration

One 3 hour session

Frequency

This course is scheduled to run once per term


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