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April 14, 2022


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This course, Social science and participation, looks at how social science investigates participation, and uses this topic to look in particular at how social science helps to enact social worlds.

As you work through the course, you will see that social science enactment of participation is closely related to social science descriptions of, for example, voting or other citizenly practices, and related also to social science understandings of, for example, just how to define and evaluate poverty.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the ways in which social scientific descriptions and understandings are related to the enactment of social worlds
  • Understand the enactment of social science in terms of informing public debates and shaping the social worlds it investigates
  • Identify the ways in which social science investigates participation as a topic and the uses to which social science research on participation is put
  • Understand how social scientific ideas about participation in social worlds have impacted on public debates and policies about poverty
  • Provide examples of how ordinary people are themselves involved in participating in social science.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
    • What is participation? 00:15:00
    • Differences in participation 00:10:00
    • Poverty and participation 00:35:00
    • Who participates? 00:15:00
    • Measuring participation 00:15:00
    • Understanding participation 00:20:00
    • Evaluating participation 00:10:00
    • Participation in the UK 00:15:00
    • Taking part and ‘having a voice’ 00:10:00
    • Why people get involved 00:10:00
    • New ways of participating? 00:15:00
    • Participating in social science 00:15:00
    • Taking part in social science 00:15:00
    • Enacting participation 00:15:00
    • Expressing an opinion 00:20:00
    • What do people need to participate? 00:15:00
    • Conclusion 00:15:00
    • Take the next step 00:05:00

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