Module 2:

Module Name

B Research, Action and Networking

Module Contents

Module B “Research, Action and Networking” brings forward a methodological “triangle”, which coalesces social research, network analysis and project-based social actions. This triangle represents the methodological backbone of the programme, for it establishes a direct relation between social research and social action. Accordingly, this module is structured into three interrelated units: B1 “Qualitative and Participatory Social Research Methods”, B2 “Networking” and B3 “Planned Social Action”. In addition, unit B4 “In-Field and Mobility Guidance” supervises the student’s fieldwork and research stays.

 

Unit B1 Qualitative and Participatory Social Research Methods (2nd semester 3 hours, 3rd semester 4 hours)

Unit B1 “Qualitative and Participatory Social Research Methods” breaks down qualitative methods for participatory social research aimed at social action. Accordingly, qualitative methods are brought forward based on their practical applicability and their flexibility with regard to the research fields of the students. This unit is structured into two subsequent parts: “Qualitative and Participatory Social Research Methods I” and “Qualitative and Participatory Social Research Methods II”. The contents of this unit comprise the following subjects:

- Participatory observation

- Narrative interview

- Focused interview

- Expert interview

- Discussion groups

- Conversational analysis

- Qualitative content analysis

- Sequential analysis

- Community Development Methodology (MeCom)

 

Unit B2 Networking (1st semester 3 hours, 2nd semester 4 hours, 3rd semester 4 hours)

As dynamic and vivid entities, social networks branch out into all social relations, often beyond individuals’ awareness. Unit B2 “Networking” brings forward social network analysis in relation to social conflicts, so that students can acknowledge the social networks involved in social conflicts, puzzle out their functioning and eventually restructure them in order to bring about solutions for the conflicts. Thus, students can not only look upon social conflicts in terms of social networks, but they can capitalize on social networks in order to carry out social actions aimed at conflict resolution. This unit is structured into three subsequent parts: “Networking I”, “Networking II”, and “Networking III”. The contents of this unit comprise the following subjects:

- Emergence of networks

- Small world

- Embeddedness in networks

- Strong and weak ties

- Social capital

- Socio-centric networks and ego-centric networks-

- Network cohesion

- Identification of central actors

- Detection of communities

- Networks as method for social action

 

Unit B3 Planned Social Action (1st semester 3 hours, 2nd semester 4 hours, 3rd semester 4 hours)

Complementing the other units included in this module, unit B3 “Planned Social Action” revolves around the preparation and implementation of planned social actions. Thus, students can canalize the knowledge acquired in unit B1 “Qualitative and Participatory Social Research Methods” and B2 “Networking” into planned social actions regarding their working fields. Accordingly, the preparation and implementation of the planned social actions by the students do not come about at the end of the module, as the culmination of a linear process. Instead, students bring about their planned social actions in parallel with the other units included in this module. This unit is structured into three subsequent parts: “Planned Social Action I”, “Planned Social Action II” and “Planned Social Action III” The contents of this unit comprise the following subjects:

- Project cycle management

- Logical framework approach

- Stakeholder analysis

- Problem analysis

- Objectives analysis

- Logframe matrix

- Intervention logic

- Project Document

- Project evaluation

- Do not harm approach

 

Unit B4 In-Field and Mobility Guidance (1st semester 1 hour, 2nd semester 1 hour, 3rd semester 1 hour)

Simultaneously with the units included in this module, unit B4 “In-Field and Mobility Guidance” supervises the student’s fieldwork, so that they can straighten out any difficulties related to their immersion into the field. In addition, this unit supervises the students’ preparation and follow up of their research stays in Oaxaca.

Learning objectives

Module B “Research, Action and Networking” capacitates students to:

- Acknowledge the socio-subjective meaning of actions and the patterns of interpretation.

- Restructure the action possibilities of the subjects in a dialogically conceived research process.

- Commingle the worldviews of the subjects into the research process.

- Conceptualize research as a participatory process, involving both researchers and social subjects

- Look upon the network and project approaches when dealing specific social phenomenon.

Type and duration of the module sessions

Semester 1: B2 Networking I (3 hours), B3 Planned Social Action I (3 hours), B4 In-Field and Mobility Guidance (1 hour)

Semester 2: B1 Qualitative and Participatory Social Research Methods I (3 hours), B2 Networking II (4 hours), B3 Planned Social Action II (4 hours), B4 Professional In-Field Guidance (1 hour)

Semester 3: B1 Qualitative and Participatory Social Research Methods II (4 hours), B2 Networking III (4 hours), B3 Planned Social Action III (4 hours), B4 Professional In-Field Guidance (1 hour)

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, presentations, group discussions, exercises, participatory analysis, excursions, guided self-learning, independent learning, team teaching, e-learning, role play, livlab, “problem oriented learning”

Examination methods

Each unit carries out an evaluation in which the progress of the research projects developed by the students is broken down. In addition, students must turn out their projects (27 000 characters) during the third semester.

Attendance is obligatory

Conditions for participation

Compliance of the other units of the module

Duration of the module

Module B: 3 semesters

Unit B1: 2 semesters

Unit B2: 3 semesters

Unit B3: 3 semesters

Unit B4: 3 semesters

Subsequent modules

A Social World and Power Relations

C In-Depth Specialization

Module focus

Classroom time

Self-learning and in-field time

Total

ECTS

16

31

47

Workload

480 hours

930 hours

1410 hours

Application deadline 15th of May 2018


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