USING RESEARCH FOR POLICY, PRACTICE AND IMPACT - 2017/8

Module code: SOC2076

Module Overview

This module will introduce students to the relationship between social scientific research and the policies, practices and impacts that are developed from it. Students will be encouraged to select research which claims to have such an impact and to assess this.

Module provider

Sociology

Module Leader

ROBERTS TM Dr (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: L310

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• The impact agenda and its context

• Action research and its usefulness

• Evaluation research

• The relationship between research, policy, practice and evaluation

• Developing and using case studies

• Report writing

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) CLASS PARTICIPATION EXERCISES- DESIGN A SURVEY 30
Coursework 2500 WORD REPORT ANALYSING THE USE OF DATA IN A POLICY DOCUMENT 70

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate





Learning Outcome


Assessed by




demonstrate an understanding of how social scientific research attempts to make an impact (C, K)

 


Formatively through class workshop exercises and discussions. Summatively by submitted class participation sheets and report




demonstrate a detailed understanding of methods used for assessing policies and practice developed from social scientific research (C, K, T)

 


Formatively through class workshop exercises and discussions. Summatively by submitted class participation sheets and report




apply understanding about ways of assessing policy and research and apply to a ‘real-world’ example (C,K,T,P)

 


Formatively through class workshop exercises and discussions. Summatively by submitted class participation sheets and report




be able to write a report using and summarising appropriate evidence (P)


Formatively through class workshop exercises and discussions. Summatively by submitted class participation sheets and report





 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Submission of completed class participation sheets (30%)
Written Report (70%)


Formative assessment and feedback


Students receive formative verbal feedback each week during workshops, following up on activities they have undertaken such as answering questions on the set reading and other pedagogic activities related to the topic
Class participation worksheets are collected regularly to provide written formative feedback.
In week 9 workshop time is devoted to a Report Writing Clinic for advice and feedback on any questions the students have regarding the summative asssignment
In week 11 a feedback/consoldiation session will encourage students to consider how the module content could apply to their own research interests/dissertation choices.

Module aims

  • To broaden and deepen students understanding of the usefulness of social scientific research
  • To introduce students to ideas about research impact
  • To explore methods of assessing social scientific research
  • To critically examine how policies, developed from research are put into practice

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate an understanding of how social scientific research attempts to make an impact KC
2 Demonstrate a detailed understanding of methods used for assessing policies and practice developed from social scientific research KCT
3 Apply understanding about ways of assessing policy and research and apply to a ‘real-world' example KCPT
4 Be able to write a report using and summarising appropriate evidence PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 18

Seminar Hours: 2

Tutorial Hours: 2

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Convey key information to students through the use of interactive lectures, classroom discussions based on preparatory reading and film/TV/internet clips which acts as the focus for activities and discussion. Workshop sessions can include periods of independent activity e.g. collecting data. Verbal formative feedback is given throughout.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• 9 x 2 hour sessions consisting of small group exercises, introduction of new material in ‘lecture’ format, discussion of independent actvities such as relevant ‘data’ collection

• ‘Homework’, consisting of reading preparation and other activities to produce a workshop activity sheet (feeds into class participation actvities and mark)

• 1 x 2 hour report writing clinic

• 1 x 2 hour feedback/consolidation session

 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for USING RESEARCH FOR POLICY, PRACTICE AND IMPACT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/soc2076

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Criminology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Media, Culture and Society BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology with Psychology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.