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Challenge of the Social Sciences: Track 1

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This course focuses on two interlinked issues: the philosophical questions that arise in social science research, and research methods. Social inquiry attempts to take a scientific approach to explaining the complexity of everyday experiences, but in practice there are many pitfalls. The course reviews common issues that arise, including language, culture, survey methods and the problems of distinguishing between facts and values, understanding and explanation, theory and observation, and induction and deduction. The central tenet is that philosophical thinking and practical research go hand in hand. This material is taken from The Open University Course D820 The Challenge of the Social Sciences.

By: The iTunes U team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 1 hour 15 mins
  • Updated Friday 30th May 2008
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Sociology
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Track 1: A discussion of housing issues

Professor Chris Hamnett discusses his study of housing issues and its relevance to social scientists.


© The Open University 2008


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 A discussion of housing issues    Professor Chris Hamnett discusses his study of housing issues and its relevance to social scientists. Play now A discussion of housing issues
2 How policy affects housing issues    Lila Baker from Shelter discusses the impact of policymaking on housing issues. Play now How policy affects housing issues
3 The experiences of homeless women    Annabel Thomas on the experiences of homeless women in Brighton. Play now The experiences of homeless women
4 Being a scientist    Stephen talks about being a scientist and what it means to him. Play now Being a scientist
5 The scientific idea    Stephen talks about the concept of science, how it has changed over the centuries, and its link to theology. Play now The scientific idea
6 How we quantify social science    Professor Andrew Sayer discusses the purpose and method of social science. Play now How we quantify social science