Identify a case study either from the media (online newspapers etc.), or journal article which is illustrative of an aspect of the critical perspectives on knowledge.
You should address the following questions in your essay: What is knowledge? What are the philosophical standpoints of knowledge? What kind of philosophical standpoints are applied to the case study and why?
You should review relevant literature on the research philosophy (epistemology and ontology). Using your case study as the example, critically reflect on the ways in which the theories and critical debates from the lectures and your own reading, help you to explore the complexity of the issue in an essay format. 2,000 words limit.
References on research, philosophy (Epistemology & Ontology) and methodology
This is by no means an exhaustive list of resources for those looking to pass the assignment. These literatures are designed to stimulate your thinking and to give you an overview of the breadth of the debate you are engaging with.
Note: You can even get latest editions of some of these books.
Bryman, A. (2001) Social Research Methods, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Bryman, A. (2004) Social Research Methods, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2007) Business Research Methods, 2nd Edition,Oxford: Oxford University
Burrell, G. and Morgan, G. (1979) Sociological Paradigms and Organisational Analysis, Aldershot: Gower Publishing Company Limited
Creswell, J. W. (2009) Research Design, Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches, 3rd Edition, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publication Ltd
Denzin, N. K. and Lincoln, Y. S. (2000) Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2nd edition London: Sage Publication Ltd
Huff, A. S. (2009) Designing Research for Publication, London: Sage
James, W. (1910) Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking, Watchmaker Publishing
Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2003) Research Methods for Business Students, 3rd Edition, Harlow: Pearson Education Limited
Silverman, D. (2000) Doing Qualitative Research: A practical handbook, London: Sage Publications Ltd
Silverman, D. (2005) Doing Qualitative Research, 2nd Edition, London: Sage Publications Ltd
Walliman, N. (2005) Your Research Project, 2nd Edition, London: Sage Publication Ltd
Williams, M. and May, T. (1996) Introduction to the philosophy of social research, London: Routledge
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Type of assignment-Essay
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Academic level-GCSE / A Level
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