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RESM6016 Learning, Knowledge and Behaviour

Module Overview

The Learning Knowledge and Behaviour module forms part of the interdisciplinary strand of the Masters in Social Science Research Methods of the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP). It brings together doctoral students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds working on and developing research projects associated with the core themes of Learning, Knowledge and Behaviour.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • engage with other disciplines in a topic area relevant to the broad themes of Learning, Knowledge, and Behaviour.
  • work collaboratively with students from other disciplines to critically explore the relevance of an interdisciplinary approach to Learning, Knowledge, and Behaviour.
  • use communication skills to facilitate and enrich an understanding of the value of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of topics in Learning, Knowledge, and Behaviour.


By its nature this module supports the development students engaged in postgraduate research on a diverse range of topics associated with a wide range of disciplines. It will therefore focus on developing a deeper understanding of some of the challenges and affordances of working in an interdisciplinary research environment. Common themes covered the each module are likely to include: • the challenge of synthesising the underpinning philosophical, conceptual and theoretical perspectives from multiple disciplines; • principles of research design associated with interdisciplinary research; • an overview of specific ethical considerations associated with interdisciplinary research; • communication skills for working within interdisciplinary research environments; • communicating interdisciplinary research to a range of stakeholders; • maximising impact from interdisciplinary research studies.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Through a series of workshops, seminars and activities such as visits students broaden their research perspectives in order critically view aspects of their own research and the applied nature of their studies through multiple disciplinary lenses.

Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Follow-up work15
Wider reading or practice22
Completion of assessment task30
Practical classes and workshops5
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Griffin, G., Medhurst, P., & Green, T. (2006). Interdisciplinarity in Interdisciplinary Research Programmes in the UK. 

The relationship between interdisciplinarity and impact: an exploratory study, commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Repko, A. F., Newell, W. H. and Szostak, R (2011). Case studies in interdisciplinary research. 

Sherif, M and Sherif, C. W. (Eds.) (2009). Interdisciplinary relationships in the social sciences.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Book review  (1000 words) 40%
Poster Presentation 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Book review  (1000 words) 40%
Digital presentation 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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