School of Business and Management

BUSM081 Introduction to Social Sciences Research Methods (Delivered by DTC)


1 and 2 (2017/18)

Module organiser

Dr Ahu Tatli

Module overview

The module covers "core" quantitative and qualitative research methods; i.e. those that any social science postgraduate researcher should be familiar with, irrespective of disciplinary background. The module provides the theoretical background to those methods, and practice at carrying them out, using research data and research problems/topics from various disciplines.

Part one of the module is run by the DTC (Doctoral Training Centre) at Goldsmiths in semester one. Part two is run by the School of Politics and International Relations in semester two.  


100% coursework (50% report and 50% essay)

Indicative reading list

Quantitative Methods

  • B.G.Tabachnick & L.S.Fidell (2007). Using Multivariate Statistics (5th Edition). New York: Pearson.
  • A. Field (2005). Discovering statistics using SPSS (2nd Edition). London: Sage.
  • D.C.Howell (2006). Statistical Methods for Psychology (6th Edition). London: Thomson.

Qualitative Methods

  • Back, L. (2007) The Art of Listening. Oxford, Berg
  • Bryman, A. (2004) Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press (Second Edition)
  • Bryman, A. and Burgess, R. (eds) (1994) Analyzing qualitative data. London: Routledge
  • Bulmer, M. (ed.) (1982) Social Research Ethics, London: Macmillan.
  • Burgess, R. (1994) Essays in educational ethnography. London: Falmer Press.
  • Coffey, A. & Atkinson, P. (1996) Making Sense of Qualitative Data, Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
  • Seale, C., Gobo, G., Gubrium, F. J., & and Silverman, D (Eds.) (2004) Qualitative Research Practice, London, SAGE.
  • Silverman, D. (2007) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Qualitative Research, London:Sage.
  • Silverman, D. (2001) Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for interpreting talk, text and interaction, London, SAGE