Research Methods of Religious Studies

Subject code ABS903
Lecturer Dr Nadine Levi, Dr Elizabeth McDougal
Delivery mode Online, live
On campus, live
Duration 10 weeks
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Subject Overview

This subject is an introduction to critical thinking and the various modes of research used in Applied Buddhist Studies. The basic skills and processes associated with developing research questions and conducting research will be discussed. Qualitative and quantitative research methods will be reviewed. The subject will also cover key basic principles in academic writing, including referencing and citation methods. 

This subject focuses on introducing students to important research methods in the field of religion and the ethics of fieldwork where human subjects are involved. With close reference to the research question, students learn to design their research with the most appropriate methods for their study. The subject also covers the basics in academic writing to help students present discussion and arguments effectively in written form.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of a range of approaches to research in the relevant discipline, their strengths and weaknesses, and situations in which they can be applied.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of research ethics and the requirements for ethics approval.
  3. Develop specific research questions suitable for research projects and write a research proposal.
  4. Learn the skills of research paper writing and reporting.



  • Assessment 1: Presentation on research question and research design proposal (20%, due week 4)
  • Assessment 2: Report on research methods, critical analysis, and interpretation (30%, due week 6)
  • Assessment 3: Research design proposal (50%, due week 10)


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