INTLC301-22B (HAM)

Research Methods in International Languages and Cultures

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper will give students an opportunity to acquire research skills in intercultural contexts. Students will initially attend workshops to learn necessary research skills and then embark on their own research project.

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Paper Structure

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Students will begin with workshops on intercultural contexts in research, bibliography, literature reviews, formulating a research question, ethics, data collection and report writing. After the initial workshops, students will select a topic, carry out research, undertake a literature review, formulate a research question and write a research report. The topic will be related to the Chinese-, French-, Japanese- or Spanish-speaking worlds.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Learning outcomes
    • understand research processes, procedures and ethical requirements.
    • acquire strategies to accelerate bibliographic searches, especially involving non-Anglophone cultures.
    • evaluate research findings in peer-reviewed articles.
    • formulate a research question and articulate the methodological approach.
    • write and present a research report showing well-constructed arguments in an appropriate academic register.
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Literature review and report will be submitted via Moodle. Presentations will be made in class (possibly on Zoom). Details of each assessment will be provided on Moodle.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Oral presentation 1
2. Literature review
26 Aug 2022
4:00 PM
3. Oral presentation 2
4. Final report
28 Oct 2022
4:00 PM
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Readings will be provided at the start of the paper. They are likely to include:

  • Hart, C. (2018). Doing a literature review: Releasing the research imagination. Sage Publications.
  • Booth, A., Sutton, A., & Papaioannou, D. (2016). Systematic approaches to a successful literature review. Sage Publications.
  • Walliman, N. S. R. (2014). Your undergraduate dissertation: the essential guide for success. Sage Publications.
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Online Support

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All important information will be available on Moodle.
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150 hours to be spent on workshops, readings, viewings, discussion, research and assigned tasks.
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