Community Based Research: Theory and Practice EDUC3081

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will build on the level 2 course in research theory and methods to develop an understanding of the affordances and challenges of community-based research. The course will introduce students to a range of methodological frameworks that can be applied in community-based research and provide opportunities for students to explore and experiment with a range of methods appropriate to the community context. Finally, this course will prepare students for the honours year courses in Applied Research Methods and Research Project, or to engage in research-based practice if they opt to complete their degree after their 3rd year.


A series of 5 sessions of 4 hours each

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of level 2 or equivalent.

Excluded Courses





1. 1,500 essay (60%) 


2. Class based presentation (30%)


3. Group set task (10%)

Course Aims

This course will provide students with amore in-depth approach to research and provide them with the theoretical underpinnings and methodological approaches relevant in engaging with community based research.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1 Describe what research is, why it exists, and how it can impact social structures and social change

2  Demonstrate and relate to the various theoretical and practical approaches to community based research

4  Relate their understanding and skills in research to their own roles and practices in community development

5 Adhere to academic conventions

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

80% attendance

Each element of the course assessment must be passed