This Moodle unit supports Section D of the Bath Course in Enhancing Academic Practice.
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Practitioners and academics across many fields such as medicine,education, policy-making and management are asking important questions aboutthe extent to which practice is based on the best available evidence. In all these fields the answer is “yes”,practice is based on evidence but only in many cases to a very limited extent. In response to this problem the idea ofevidence-based practice has evolved and is now being applied in several areas,including HRM, with the goal of improving the effectiveness of practice. While this sounds sensible andstraightforward gathering, understanding and using evidence is challenging inmany ways and requires a set of specific skills. While there are very many courses aimed atdeveloping such skills in medicine and related fields there are relatively fewaimed at students, researchers or practitioners in management and HRM.
The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the concept and issues within discourses of ‘globalisation’. It explores some of the key contemporary research and theoretical debates and identify main policy issues related to the political sociology of globalisation. The focus will be the state, civil society and the relationship between them within the context of global capitalism. The main topics to be addressed are the meanings, history and differing theoretical perspectives and interpretations of ‘globalisation’; the relationship between global developments and the nation state; the transition from government to governance; the impact of globalisation on labour; poverty, social exclusion and the problem of social integration; democracy and civil society; the challenge for trade unions; new social movements and anti-globalisation resistance; culture and the ‘global and local’ divide. The analysis and discussion will be illustrated with international case studies.
This unit aims to :
* Introduce participants to the foundations of quantitative data analysis and research design with a focus on using descriptive statistics
* Introduce participants to a wide range of official statistics, and the advantages and disadvantages of these as tools for social research
* Introduce participants to skills in the analysis, interpretation and presentation of material from secondary sources.
* Prepare participants to make use of such material in other courses, placements and in the final year dissertation.
By the end of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Critically apply principles of quantitative data analysis to specified data sets
2. Critically assess key sources of official statistics nationally and globally
3. Complete a report based on re-analysis of official statistical data
4. Identify a research aim
5. Identify and use existing data sources appropriate to the aim of the research
6. Present the research and its findings in the format of a group presentation
7. Make an effective presentation of complex information using appropriate techniques
8. Work individually and in a team