POL3103 : Community-based Research in Politics
POL3103 : Community-based Research in Politics
- Offered for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Dr Judy Murray
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
- Capacity limit: 20 student places
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
Pre Requisite Comment
Modules you need to take at the same time
Co Requisite Comment
Students who take this module will have the opportunity to develop their research skills (as well as a range of generic skills, including presentation and communication skills, leadership, teamwork, time management, project management and working with external partners) through active involvement in a real research project that is designed to address a genuine gap in the knowledge/understanding of policy-makers/practitioners interested in Newcastle and the North-East of England. The student researchers will have the opportunity to broaden and deepen their understanding of effective research practice. Throughout the module, students will be asked to critically reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses as researchers (as well as their generic skills) and they will be encouraged to contribute to the research project in ways that will allow them both to demonstrate their existing strengths and improve their skills in areas where they are less strong.
Outline Of Syllabus
Week 1: Overview of the module
Week 2: Meet the partner organisations
Week 3: Team allocation and identifying a research question
Week 4-5: Reviewing the literature
Week 6: Research design
Week 7: Ethics in research
Week 8: Ethical approval
Week 9-11: Planning data collection and analysis
Week 12-13: Data collection
Week 14-17: Data analysis Week 17-19: Drafting report
Week 20: Prepare report for presentation Week 21: Present report at workshop Week 22: Review of workshop
Week 23-24: Prepare portfolio
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
Students will come away from this module having gained extensive knowledge of an area of policy research relevant to the Northeast of England. They will also have gained knowledge of the policy landscape in the Northeast of England.
Intended Skill Outcomes
Students will be able to conduct policy-relevant research. In addition, the module will enhance their teamwork skills, including giving constructive feedback to other students and working towards a common goal. Students will learn to present their work to community organisations through both a written report and oral presentation. They will have a chance to reflect on the employability skills gained through their interaction with community groups and working on a policy relevant project.
|Structured Guided Learning||Lecture materials||22||1:00||22:00||Pre-recorded lecture materials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||22||1:00||22:00||PIP Weekly student-led meetings to discuss their research|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||200:00||200:00||Students working independently and in groups to complete research project.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||6:00||6:00||End of year workshops with community partners.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||22||2:00||44:00||PIP Workshops|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||40||1:00||40:00||Students reflecting on their development of skills and how to present them to potential employers.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||66:00||66:00||Students working independently to revise and prepare material for their research portfolios.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Students will engage directly with practitioners and policy-makers to identify potential research questions. Students will then select a preferred project and be placed on a student research team for the duration of the academic year. Students will be required to attend one weekly 2-hour lecture/project related supervision session and one weekly 1-hour small group teaching session in which students will discuss the progress of their individual research projects. Additional skills training (e.g. teamwork, project management, presentation skills, writing policy reports) will be provided through a series of prerecorded lectures. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their learning and skills development throughout the module. Findings will be presented directly to practitioners in a half day workshop at the end of the academic year.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Portfolio||2||M||80||Individual Research Portfolio (8000 words)|
|Report||2||M||10||Group Policy Report|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||10||Group Presentation|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Given this module constitutes a significant component of the final year of study, it is important to ensure that a significant portion of the assessment is based on individual performance and attainment. As a result, the students will primarily be assessed on an individual research portfolio. This portfolio will be highly structured with 4-6 individual pieces of work addressing different aspects of the research process broadly, the student’s research project specifically, and self-reflective exercises regarding skill attainment, The individual research portfolio gives students the opportunity to develop their personal research and reflective skills while also moving towards an overall group goal.
The work done in the individual research portfolios provides the research teams with the resources to formulate a policy report and presentation given on behalf of their partner organisation. This aspect of the assessment emphasises the importance of teamwork and offers the students the opportunity to showcase their achievements.
Past Exam Papers
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