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Course Name Research Methodology
Course Code 21PHL611
Program M.A. in Philosophy
Semester Four
Credits 2


Unit I

Introduction to Research in Philosophy: Term ‘Research’ in Philosophy, Topics in Philosophy, Determining the area of research, Methodologies in Philosophical Research, Selection of research topic

Unit II

Execution of the Final Research Work: Understanding a Thesis, Chapter Preparation, Giving Headings, Formatting Styles, Final Draft

Unit III

Quantitative Methods: Introduction – Characteristics of Quantitative Research; Reporting of a quantitative study, Basic Research Design for Quantitative Studies
Qualitative Methods: Introduction, Characteristics of Qualitative Research- Design- Naturalistic, Emergent, Purposeful

Course Overview

“Research Methodology” is a course offered to S4 MA Philosophy students. It aims to inculcate research aptitude in students. It further aims to equip students to become future researchers and through that, they can contribute to the wide spectrum of Academia.

Course Outcomes

CO1: Develops research aptitude in students
CO2: Enhances the capacity of critical analysis and analytical thinking
CO3: Equip for tailor maid research works in Philosophy


Ramachandran, T. P. The Methodology of Research in Philosophy. Chennai: Radhakrishnan Institute for Advanced Study in Philosophy, University of Madras, 1984. English
Creswell, J.W. (2014). Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches(4th ed.). Sage Publications.
Kothari, C.R. (2012). Research methodology: methods and techniques (2nd ed.). New Age International (P) Publishers.
Bickman, L. & Rog, D.J. (2nd ed.) (2009). The SAGE Handbook of Applied Social Research Methods (2009). Sage Publications.

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CO1 3 2 1
CO2 3 3 3
CO3 3 3 1

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