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The Methods Exercise comprises: identification of a viable project topic and ‘client’; contextualisation of the project topic in relation to key actors and processes; identification and justification of fundamental assumptions and methods of the project.
CW1 requires you to plan a viable, politically relevant, solution-oriented research project. This preparatory work is expected to be incorporated into CW2 (Research Report).
conduct a piece of original, solution-oriented research on a topic relevant to practitioners in the field of politics. Building on level 5 core Doing Political Research: Project Management in the Social Sciences, a short taught programme introduces student to the different types of political research undertaken by a range of different organisations such as think tanks, private sector companies, governmental and non-governmental organisations. You will be supervised through the key stages of compiling a research report for a selected ‘client’: identification of a political problem; compilation of a relevant background report, identification of key actors, selecting potential approaches to and listing options for resolution of the problem, selecting and justifying a recommendation for resolution. Within this generic framework, you will be encouraged to select your own research topic, either for a notional client or for a practitioner organisation (e.g. a charity) of your choice. The skills training incorporated in this module will be particularly useful for students interested in policy-related work in governmental, non-governmental and private sector organisations.