Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

The general objective of the "Research Methods in Social Sciences" subject is the acquisition of a complete understanding of the research process and its different stages, deepening the theoretical tradition that justifies it, analysing the specific problems of social and criminological research, and being able to implement it rigorously. Research Methods in Social Sciences is directly linked to Introduction to Sociology (1st course) and Introduction to Criminology (1st course). It is also connected through the methodological module to Introduction to Statistics (1st year) and with Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (2nd year).



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences (CG)

  • CG.1 : Capacity to find, analyse and synthesise information.
  • CG.3 : Capacity for self-learning and adapting to new situations.
  • CG.4 : Capacity to take decisions, putting one's knowledge into practice and handling technical instruments.
  • CG.5 : Capacity for criticism and self criticism.


General Competences acquired at University of Alicante (CGUA)

  • CGUA.2 : Ability to use information and communications technologies in one's professional life.
  • CGUA.3 : Capacity for oral and written communication.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1 : Be able to describe fundamental concepts in the fields of psychology, sociology, law and natural sciences that are needed to provide a global analysis of criminal phenomena and deviation.
  • CE10 : Be able to explain and summarise empirical information and results of research into crime, victimisation and response to crime and deviation, and evaluate the methodology used (identify which methodology is the most appropriate, its ethical principles, results, etc.).
  • CE3 : Be able to extract and synthesise information from different sources, including: handling information and communication technologies, designing and applying appropriate research strategies for compiling data using quantitative and qualitative methods, and being able to apply basic statistical techniques to questions related to crime and victimisation when necessary.
  • CE5 : Be able to provide an analytical explanation of diversity and social inequality, as well as its consequences relating to criminal acts, victimisation and responses to crime and deviation.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2022-23

  • Understand the general principles of the Philosophy of Science 
  • Understand the research process and its epistemological justification. 
  • Reflect on the specific difficulties of scientific research in Social Sciences 
  • Know the different methodological paradigms of the Social Sciences and their applications. 
  • Identify the particularities of the criminological investigation 
  • Know how to recognize in the texts of the fundamental authors of social theory the different methodological approaches and their applications.
  • Know how to select the appropriate methodological paradigms according to the objectives of a specific social and criminological research.





Code: 18509
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,60
Practical credits: 0,80
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,6
    Practical credits: 0,8
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught