Research Methodologies


Dr Elizabeth Boase (coordinator)
Semester 1, 2020
face-to-face and online:
Wednesday 6.00pm – 9.00pm
This unit introduces students to contemporary approaches to research methodologies across various disciplines. It provides students with the skills to apply these methodologies in the formulation of a research proposal. The unit outlines the methodological challenges, hermeneutical questions, and new directions for recent theological research, and the responses across various disciplines to those new developments. Students will be introduced to the skills, competencies and technical methods that are needed to conduct and present high-quality research, including identifying a research topic, citation and bibliographical protocols, and obtaining ethics clearances.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March 




face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester, or online


  • one 2,000-word critical review 30%
  • one 6,000-word essay 70%

Set Text Recommended for Purchase

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 3rd ed. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2008.


  • Abraham, William. Canon and Criterion in Theology: From the Fathers to Feminism. Oxford: Clarendon, 2002.
  • Berry, Ralph. The Research Project: How to Write It. Research Study Guides. 5th ed. New York: Routledge, 2005.
  • Corbin, J., and A. Strauss. Basics of Qualitative Research: Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory. 3rd ed. Los Angeles: Sage, 2008.
  • Fink, Arlene. Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to the Paper. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2010.
  • Locharoenrat, Kitsakorn. Research Methodologies for Beginners. Singapore: Pan Stanford, 2017.
  • Marshall, Catherine, and Gretchen B. Rossman. Designing Qualitative Research. 5th ed. Los Angeles: Sage, 2011.
  • Ricoeur, Paul. Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences: Essays on Language, Action, and Interpretation. Edited and translated by John B. Thompson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981.
  • Yaghjian, Lucretia. Writing Theology Well: A Rhetoric for Theological and Biblical Writers. New York: Continuum, 2006.