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Enhancing Undergraduate Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences through Curriculum Change

  • Start date: 01 May 2012
  • End date: 30 April 2014

This project aims to revitalise the curriculum in Southampton with regards to the teaching of quantitative methods in the Social Sciences. This will be conducted through two linked elements. Within the first three semesters of all Social Science courses at the University there are two modules which either have a large focus on Quantitative Methods or are solely devoted to them. However there are few opportunities for the students to use the methods taught 'in anger' - it is mostly presented theoretically.

This project fills this gap. Two modules, in Criminology and Sociology, will have a separate quantitative computer workshop element designed, where students analyse a large social survey (either the British Crime Survey or the Labour Force Survey) to produce results which link directly back to the module topics. The methods used will have been covered in the quantitative courses, helping the students to understand them further, while the workshops will help the students see how quantitative methods can help in their subject. The second element of the project is to motivate the students and improve their employment prospects through inviting employers to present employment seminars, highlighting the possibilities for using quantitative methods after university.