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Subtitles: English, Arabic, Serbian, Catalan, Tagalog, German, Spanish, Persian...
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Hours to complete

Approx. 7 hours to complete

Suggested: 10-15 hours...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Serbian, Catalan, Tagalog, German, Spanish, Persian...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

E-tivity 1: What Is Research and What Makes a Good Research Question?

PURPOSE: To focus upon formulating a research question. TASK: Please compose a brief question pertaining to your proposed research - whatever the subject - and post it under the 'My Project' tab in the peer review exercise below. Be brief insofar as it would fit on one metaphorical or literal 'Post-It' note. Also watch our interview videos below. RESPONSE: Having reflected on the videos, review other students' questions. Feeding back is an important part of the research process, so please spend some time providing considered feedback for three or more colleagues here. OUTCOME: You will have given considered thought to composing a research question and provided feedback to others on theirs. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 17 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
E-tivity 1 - Instructors' Commentary3m
Rob Denny says...1m
Sandra Halperin says...3m
Michael Hutt says...2m
Myrrh Domingo says...1m
Reading1 reading
Read Me First10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

E-tivity 2: What Is a Literature Review and Why Do We Need to Do One?

PURPOSE: To familiarise yourself with the nature and benefits of conducting a literature review. TASK: Please read the following three pieces on literature review, in conjunction with the interviews below. Then post your thoughts on one of the readings to the 'My Project' tab of the peer review (200 words). RESPONSE: Provide feedback on three or more submissions by your fellow students. OUTCOME: Upon the completion of the full cycle of this e-tivity, you will be able to distinguish the qualities of a literature review and begin to reflect on the value of a literature review to your own project. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Sandra Halperin says...2m
Reza Gholami says...1m
Charlotte Horlyck says...3m
Reading1 reading
E-tivity 2 - Readings30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

E-tivity 3: Why Are Planning and Management Skills Important for Research?

PURPOSE: To be aware of the planning and management skills that are required in undertaking critical thinking for your research. TASK: Please watch the videos below, and also read the chapter provided. In conjunction with your reflections on the learning material provided and also research planning and management in general, please post your thoughts on the chapter, in no more than 400 words, under the 'My Project' tab. RESPONSE: Provide feedback on three or more submissions by your fellow students. OUTCOME: Upon the completion of the full cycle of this e-tivity, you will have reflected on the skills required to enhance your research. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 12 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Reza Gholami says...1m
Sandra Halperin says...3m
Gina Heathcote says...1m
Michael Hutt says...2m
Reading1 reading
E-tivity 3 - Reading30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

E-tivity 4: How Do You Know You Have Been a Good Researcher at the End of a Project?

PURPOSE: To reflect upon the value of a good question, and provide an outline research proposal. TASK: In conjunction with our videos below, please go back to your research question proposed during E-tivity 1 and consider again whether you are still happy with it. Is the question one you are still interested in and one you think worthy of devoting your time and energy to? If so, after reflecting on your question, please compose an outline plan on how you would follow on from establishing your research question. Please submit your proposal, up to 800 words. RESPONSE: Provide feedback on three or more proposals submitted by your fellow students. OUTCOME: Upon the completion of the full cycle of this e-tivity, you will have formulated, in draft form, an overarching research question, and a plan of action to complete the research. In doing this, you will have honed your writing, research and analytical skills....
Reading
4 videos (Total 7 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Gina Heathcote says...m
Rob Denny says...m
Reza Gholami says...1m
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By AGJul 27th 2017

This is wonderful course especially for research scholars, one suggestion is instead of giving articles from books, please provide a PPT which will be more effective ! thank you for wonderful session.

By CDJan 25th 2017

I got to learn a lot about various research methods which i did not know previously. The timing of presentation of various ideas was excellent. Reviewing classmates was a good learning experience.

Instructors

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Dr J. Simon Rofe, SOAS, University of London

Senior Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Studies, Global Diplomacy Programme Director, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy,
SOAS, University of London
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Dr Yenn Lee

Doctoral Training Advisor
SOAS, University of London

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SOAS is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and offers a truly global perspective. With its vast repository of knowledge and expertise on our specialist regions, SOAS is uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of our world. SOAS, founded in 1916, offers world class teaching in Law, Politics, Economics, Finance and Management, Development Studies, Languages and Cultures, History, the Arts and many other areas. ...

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