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SS4004 RESEARCHING SOCIAL LIFE COURSEWORK 1 2) Coursework Report: A 1500 word report on a documentary research methods investigation, involving sourcing, appraising and analysing documentary type primary data materials on a given topic, briefly summarise findings, provide plan for a possible follow up study plus reflections on the process. (40% of overall mark) Deadlines: Research Report to be submitted online in Week 13 The coursework will aim to assess students ability to develop a research question, plan and carry out systematically a small scale pilot documentary research investigation involving locating, appraising and preliminary analysis of two distinct ‘types’ from a variety of suitable existing primary document data sources [ e.g. documents/ primary ‘texts’ , statistical, visual/photographic; film /video; archive, diary materials, official policy reports, news sources] and outlining a future sampling plan for a follow up investigation. Coursework 1 topic choices and detailed instructions – SEE BELOW REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES The coursework task: To investigate systematically a research question based around ONE of the topics areas below, to be developed into a focussed research question, selecting, using and appraising two different types of primary ‘documentary’ data sources, providing a summary and preliminary analysis of data findings and a make a plan for a follow up investigation. TOPIC OPTIONS: Select one of these topics as a basis for your research investigation: 1. Some aspect of society during the teenage years of a relative of your grandparents’ generation. 2. Some aspect of society during the teenage years of a social reformer or political radical between 1900 and 2000 e.g. black or women’s rights campaigner; peace or environmental campaigner; political activist. 3. The social origins or impact of a single public event in the UK between 1900 and 2000 that was relevant to major social or cultural change. 4. Some aspect of society during the emergence of a cultural icon within the UK 1900 – 2000. Detailed Requirements: a) Completion of an outline plan Form (see Form below), which must be brought in class to the lecturer on Week 11. The form should be included at end of Coursework Report when submitted. Coursework submission Deadline via Turnitin before 3pm Week 13. b) The Coursework report must include the Headings, which mirror the steps that you should be taking during your research investigation – outline your decisions and discuss them under each heading as follows: • Introduction: Clearly state the Research Question chosen and why you think it’s worthwhile to investigate. • Research topic: outline how did you arrive to your research question, which topic you have chosen and how you narrowed the topic down. • Documentary Sources: introduce the two types of ‘documentary’ data sources used for the investigation, reasons for selecting these in particular, what makes them suitable ‘primary data’ for social research, compare their strengths and weakness as documentary research data sources, describing how you located and appraised their suitability. You must read recommended textbook chapters to support points you make in this section. • Analysis: summary of relevant findings from your documentary research data, including a very preliminary analysis of what your investigation has added to our knowledge about your original research concern. • Conclusion: concluding reflections about your learning from this research experience. • Future research study plan: the data sampling rationale and intended sampling method to collect a systematic collection of ‘primary documents’ for a possible follow up larger scale research investigation of the same topic, with your reasons. Describe key steps to select the full sample for each of two document source types. Highlight any problems that might arise during this imaginary future investigation. Assessment criteria: these will be used as the basis for marking your work • clearly focusing and developing a realistic, worthwhile social research goal • selecting two different ‘types’ of documentary data source • appraisal of the quality of selected documentary data sources as ‘evidence’ for social research • details and justification of ‘authority’ of originating organisation of materials accessed • outline of a suitable and systematic sampling approach for a follow up study • balance of description of what you did and reflection on the process • interpretation of findings that is appropriate for type of data collected SS4004 Researching Social Life STUDENT NAME COURSEWORK REPORT: DOCUMENTARY RESEARCH INVESTIGATION FORM: COURSEWORK OUTLINE PLAN (see WebLearn for download) RESEARCH TOPIC: state the topic number selected from the module booklet AND name the specific person or social event or cultural icon that will be the starting point for planning your research (see guidance for constraints) RESEARCH QUESITON: Write here the intended final research question to give a direction for what aspects of selected person’s society, or social origins / impact (if it is a public event), or social context (if it is a cultural icon) you intend to investigate. Set this out clearly and concisely. The person, public event or cultural icon will not be the subject of your final focus. DOCUMENTARY SOURCES: details of research data sources to be used DOCUMENTARY SOURCE TYPE 1: Exact Title Type of document DOCUMENTARY SOURCE TYPE 2: Exact Title Type of document EXPECTED DATA SOURCES LOCATIONS? Describe where you have located / hope to consult your individual data sources, and any advance preparation needed. ‘Internet’ or ‘library’ is not an acceptable answer, be precise about the archive or website e.g. the organisation and its purpose, the kind of information sources it provides. You are also encouraged to make personal visits to explore specialist archives.

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 Note these potential research data sources below are just suggestions.. and are by no means exhaustive of all there is ‘out there’ to be found…. do explore further independently, but make sure it’s a ‘primary’ document source… academic ‘books’ and ‘journals’ are not acceptable, they are secondary sources 
     Archive website Title and link  Comments on contents  
 London Metropolitan Archives (Greater London and Local Council materials)[WWW_LMA]home.html[WWW_LMA]err.htm&EXP=DATE_CL+1901-2000+AND+(DIGITAL_DOCCHECK+X+OR+PLAYER_WEBREADY+X+OR+IMAGE_WEBREADY+X+OR+ANC_LINKCHECK+X)+*+SECURITY+A&REPORT=WEB_SUMMARY    Growing number of documents are being digitized so they can be downloaded or view directly online. Where they are not, once you have checked the online catalogue for a relevant doc, you can visit to consult on site. There are good guides to materials available. The archive is located in Clerkenwell, so not far for a visit.
    to the Moving Here digital project supported by LMA. Project not finished but here are archived versions of the digital materials. Follow the links to access migration cultural histories with downloadable original testimonies and stories of migrants from the archive examples Caution needed some of this site is secondary commentary, not primary sources
       Mass Observation Archives – Last, Nella, ‘Nella Last’s war : a mother’s diary 1939-45’ / edited by Richard Broad & Suzie Fleming  (Women’s Library Biographies section open Reference use)   Last, Nella ‘Nella Last’s peace : the post-war diaries of Housewife, 49’ / edited by Patricia and Robert Malcolmson (Women’s Library Biographies section, open Reference use   Garfield S  ‘Our hidden lives : the everyday diaries of a forgotten Britain,                    1945-1948’  (Holloway Rd library)   Spender H,  ‘Worktown: photographs of Bolton and Blackpool taken for Mass                       Observation 1937/38  The catalogue of the original exhibition                   (Commercial Rd library, city campus)   Speak for yourself: a MassObservation anthology, 1937-1949 / edited by Angus Calder and Dorothy Sheridan (Calcutta House, Holloway rd) – extracts from contemporary commentaries   A woman in wartime London : the diary of Kathleen Tipper, 1941-1945 / edited by Patricia and Robert Malcolmson (Women’s Library Biographies section open Reference use)   Wartime women: an anthology of women’s wartime writing for MassObservation, 1937-45 / edited by Dorothy Sheridan (Holloway Rd library)   Also see digitized materials at the Mass Observation Archive at Sussex University      Extensive archive based on reports and diaries during 1940s 1950s by mostly ordinary women, held at University of Sussex. Not many documents are available (free) online, but those listed here are a selection of what IS available within our own University Library. Note there may have been some editing of original diary entries by the editors… basis of discussion in your coursework report about validity/reliability issues   
     Britain at Work: voices from the workplace 1945-1995 –   link to a related webpage with list of other (work related) archives nationally, check out if any of them have online primary documents  e.g. Charles Booth Online Archive, Glasgow Digital LibraryOnline archive by the TUC Library that is part of our own University library collections – includes images / documents / recorded interviews with ordinary people about particular issues   Remember you must avoid the ‘secondhand’ commentary by librarians and others on the website..and access the online first hand accounts and information from people
 BBC online archive – free BBC News Bulletins and other ‘factual’ TV and Radio programmes relating to a range of topics and issues throughout 20th century the ‘collections’ tab and then scroll through the list of specific collections…to bottom of webpage for some of the very interesting ones. Explore individual items for relevance to your research objective.
   British Library online ‘Sounds’ archive… it obviously includes music recordings….. but also masses of other 20th  recordings of different kinds, many are accounts of ordinary people about particular issues and experiences… eg childhood activities.. This ‘primary document’ archive can be searched and the items played online    Access this free archive via University library catalogue keyword search using ‘british library’ as above. The entry will say ‘British Library Sounds’ E-resource
     Macpherson Report on Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 1999    Detailed Report of police investigation into murder of Stephen Lawrence 1993 and the later Macpherson inquiry into the investigation. Witness evidence; wider evidence in Part II of the Inquiry  plus Conclusions and Recommendations  
  Website to access official documents of Parliament 1995-2000 of An exact date and a specific issue will be an advantage searching this Command paper = ‘white’ or ‘green’ paper & reports of inquiries of national significance eg MacPherson Hse of Commons papers = wide variety of issues and investigations
     The Brixton disorders, 10-12 April 1981 : report of an inquiry / by Lord Scarman    HMSO   Official Inquiry Report into Brixton Riots of 1981  Printed copies available from the University Library locate via the University library catalogue
       Hansard Proceedings – a Record of the daily debates of the House of Commons  Hansard Proceedings from 1803-2005   Free Online Archive of the Official Daily Records/Transcripts of Debates in House of Commons and Lords throughout 20th century  You can search by topic but important to have a tight timeframe so that you can locate a specific debate… to illuminate political developments/ controversies in society during a particular relevant period.. or the policy issues leading up to an event eg particular act of parliament
     Internet Archive movie archive – free (you may have to sign in) online archive by non-profit organisation includes Documentary films & videos about a variety of topics/issues, mostly US material. Grass roots community materials as well as broadcast documentaries – there is a filter for ‘year’  – includes materials between 1900-2000    Avoid the fictional movies! Also take care to stay in the 20th century   Take a look at the sub collections and do keyword searching within them worth browsing for relevant material  e.g in the ‘Ephemeral Films’ collection,  select ‘subject/keyword browse’, then ‘1934 General Strike’, for one person’s account of that event; in same sub collection see short ‘advert’ films giving insights into aspects of commercial life or popular culture in US    
   The National Archives  there are some online documents that can be directly accessed         this page of the national archives lists the various catalogues of different materials, including a link to those available online   don’t be deterred by the topics on front page, these are just the more popularly used ones  Think about what smart keywords to use, there are many, many thousands of official records and primary documents here   Historical government   statistics are transferred to this Archive, although may be in printed form, so might need personal visit for very early info.  Precise document catalogue reference needed first before any visit. Ask yourself first,  what exactly will the information in the document provide you with evidence of?
   Black Cultural Archives This archive is located in Brixton South London. It is a grass roots community project of 30 year standing to document African-Caribbean communities in Britain.  Opening hours need to be checked for visits, but there is an online catalogue with guidance on how to use it      Over 3500 items in the collections, aiming to provide an inclusive history of the presence of people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain   “…includes personal papers, organisational records, ephemera, photographs…” Many items are not digitized but the online catalogues and subject guides help to track the details of individual documents that can then be requested on a visit Collections include ‘uprisings’ relating to 1981 Brixton Riots,  Black Supplementary Schools (‘’Wong’ collection), , ‘Runnymede Trust’ collection , ‘Photos’ , ‘BLF’ Blakc Liberation Front grass roots newspaper 1979-1991, also ‘Hansib’ collection of Caribbean Times, Asian Times collections 1981-2000, ‘Oral’ oral history recordings… and more  
   British Pathe News   This is a newsreel archive that was broadcast in UK cinemas throughout much of the 20th century until 1976 “ British Pathé is considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world and is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance” . Materials can be accessed free via their website and You Tube   This is link to timelined cimema ‘Pathe News‘archive section scroll the year date to year/timeframe of interest and browse to find relevant document item        “Spanning the years from 1896 to 1978, the collection includes footage from around the globe of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, science and culture”   There are themed ‘in the news’, ‘collections’ and ‘galleries’ sections that can help you locate items relevant to your specific research topic. May be useful for evidence of ‘leisure activities’ in particular eras,  popular culture eg fashion; also some political events eg issues at times of General Elections; early development of EU in Britain   .
           Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives   Islington Local History Centre   Hackney Archives and Local History   Lambeth Archives   Westminster Archives    A sample of the kinds of archive services provided at local level by London Councils..most of them have online catalogues, and some themed collections to inspire thoughts on relevant materials.  Some items may be digitized, not all. Most centres will have specific opening hours, so preparation & planning needed beforehand
   The Women’s Library, based at LSE (London School of Economics) Kingsway London WC1, A renowned collection, recognised by the UN. There is an online catalogue and some digitised materials, also themed collection lists to    Focussed on campaigns for Women’s Rights and Equality sub themes lists may give ideas as to topics of interest e.g. notable events, social movements,  women in the workplace  
       TUC Library Archive Collections (based at City campus of LondonMet) Old Castle Street Aldgate The collection was developed for the use of the Trades Union Council  and affiliated unions but its specialisation has evolved into a major archive resource for the social sciences  All aspects of Trade Unions, collective bargaining, labour movement history in Britain and elsewhere.   “…union publications from the UK and overseas, and documents relating to working conditions and industrial relations in various industries. The collections also contain material collected from the wide-ranging campaigns and policy areas in which the TUC has been involved over the course of its history, including social policy areas such as health, housing, education, unemployment and social security.   A major strength of the Library are the large holdings of pamphlets from unions, pressure groups and campaign movements…”


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