Research Methods of Religious Studies


Key Information

Lecture dates 2019: 25-29 May 2020  (9am-5pm)

Census date 2019: 25 May 2020

Lecturer: TBA Duration: 5 weeks (incl. 5 days on-campus)*
Location: NTI Wollongong Campus, 231 Nolan St, Unanderra, NSW 2526, Australia
Subject Code: ABS903

Subject Overview

'Research Methods of Religious Studies' is an introduction to critical thinking and the modes of research used in Applied Buddhist Studies. The basic skills and processes associated with developing research questions, reviewing relevant literature and conducting research are discussed. Qualitative and quantitative research methods are reviewed. The subject also covers key basic principles in academic writing, including referencing and citation methods. As part of the subject, students are encouraged to develop their own original ideas and formulate research proposals that demonstrate their understanding of applied research. The subject particularly focuses on the principles of research and critical evaluation, which are key skills required in the process of reviewing and expanding the literature base of Buddhism and its applications. The subject also covers the basics of academic writing to help students present discussion and arguments effectively in written form.

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate understanding of a range of approaches to religious research, their strengths and weaknesses and the contexts in which they can be applied
Compare and contrast qualitative with quantitative research
Demonstrate and understanding of research ethics and the key issues in applying for research ethics approval
Demonstrate the capacity to critically review literature on a research topic of interest
Demonstrate the ability to develop a research proposal that clearly outlines its research questions, objectives and methodology

Develop an understanding of key principles in academic writing and put them into practice