Singapore University of Social Sciences

Research Methods for the Social and Behavioural Sciences

Research Methods for the Social and Behavioural Sciences (HBC201)

Applications Open: 01 October 2021

Applications Close: 30 November 2021

Next Available Intake: January 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


HBC201 Research Methods for the Social and Behavioural Sciences will acquaint students with research methods for the social and behavioural sciences. It will provide students with thenecessary foundation in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. In this course, students will acquire the research skills necessary to conduct independent research on socialissues and phenomena that are of interest to them. The pertinent takeaways for students include an appreciation of the research processes in the social and behavioural sciences; the ability todistinguish between acceptable and poor quality research; and, more importantly, mindfulness of the importance of conducting ethical research with an eye to safeguard the well-being of not onlyvulnerable populations, but also the wider population.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Research: Why Should We Care?
  • From Philosophical Foundations to Real-Life Applications
  • Research Ethics in the Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Research Orientations: Numbers or Words
  • Research Design and Measurement
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Types of Qualitative Research
  • Case Study: Ethnography/Semi-Structured Interviews
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Sampling
  • Types of Quantitative Research
  • Case Study: Survey Research
  • The Politics of Research

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the importance of social and behavioural science research to everyday life.
  • Discuss the key aspects involved in the research process, including problem definition, measurement, sampling, research instruments, and data collection methods.
  • Examine the advantages and disadvantages of quantitative versus qualitative methodologies.
  • Recognise and appreciate the ethical issues within social and behavioural science research.
  • Propose an appropriate research design and method to address different research questions.
  • Analyse existing published research and critique the research methods.
  • Apply the relevant concepts, theories, and research designs to study social phenomena.
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