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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Engaged Research
Module Code CM602
School School of Communications
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Padraig Murphy
Semester 2: Padraig Murphy
Autumn: Padraig Murphy
Module TeachersPadraig Murphy
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module embeds and develops engaged research in postgraduate education at DCU. Postgraduate researchers will learn to be more aware of the value of engaged research to the student, the project, the university and to wider society. We will do this by addressing skills and understanding of the ways they can incorporate engagement activities into their research, that is working with communities rather than researching about them. Students of all DCU disciplines will work together and there will be a focus on interdisciplinary methodologies. Students will be exposed to a wide range of engagement approaches in relation to their research area throughout the life cycle of a project, from the identification of questions in issues of shared concern to the dissemination of resulting knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the theoretical perspectives which underpin engaged research.
2. Explore the concepts of ‘community’ and ‘collaboration’ and the value they have to offer the students’ research
3. Demonstrate understanding of a range of engaged research methodologies and approaches.
4. Critically evaluate engaged research plans.
5. Display communication competencies in engaging a group or community.
6. Apply fundamental concepts of engaged research by developing a research plan in the students’ area of research.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture6Main content from various lecturers
Seminars6Case studies from practitioners
Fieldwork12Tutorials (including asynchronous online)
Online activity40Curated readings and exercises
Online activity185Readings from reading list and as appropriate to own study
Total Workload: 249

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

National and international policies and reports
Investigate official reports, documents and policies around engaged research.

Historical Context of Engaged Research
Irish and International History of engagement (participatory research, community-based initiatives)

Converging paradigms: interdisciplinary theoretical and practice frameworks.
Emancipation, empowerment, collaboration, universal design/ cocreation (codesign and coproduction) public engagement with science and technology, open science/responsible research and innovation, Public Patient Involvement, citizen science, deliberative engagement, citizens assemblies/ panels

Barriers and enablers of engaged research
Discover the elements in society that exclude the person from research engagement; Irish policy changes

The role of the communication and media in engaged research
How does media influence the engaged research agenda; practical skills for engagement

From monodisciplinary integrity to transdisciplinarity
Respecting disciplinary boundaries, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches; disciplines and publics

Case studies
Exploring DCU and other examples of engaged research in action.

Strategies, practice and ethos of engagement.

Concepts aligned with Engaged Research
Equality, dignity, respect, rights, citizenship, struggle against discrimination, advocacy for change, civic society.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioComplete a research engagement plan70%Week 8
Group project Report and critique presentations from case studies30%Week 19
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Jacques M. Chevalier, Daniel J. Buckles: 2019, Participatory Action Research: Theory and Methods for Engaged Inquiry, 2nd ed., Routledge, 1138491322
  • Stephen M. Albert and Jessica G. Burke: 2014, Methods for Community Public Health Research : Integrated and Engaged Approaches [e-book], Springer, https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/lib/dcu/reader.action?docID=1637291, 978-0-8261-98
  • Penny A. Pasque, et al: 2016, Engaged Research and Practice: Higher Education and the Pursuit of the Public Good, Stylus Publishing, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/dcu/detail.action?docID=4740839, 9781620364413
  • Hirsch Hadorn, G., Hoffmann-Riem, H., Biber-Klemm, S., Grossenbacher-Mansuy, W., Joye, D., Pohl, C., Wiesmann, U., Zemp, E. (Eds.): 2008, Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research, Springer, 978-1-4020-6
  • Sage: 0, Public Understanding of Science [journal], Sage, https://journals.sagepub.com/home/pus, 1361-6609
  • The Society for Social Studies of Science: 0, Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, https://estsjournal.org/index.php/ests/, 2413-8053
  • Irish University Association: 0, Campus Engage, https://www.campusengage.ie/,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
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CSPMMaster of Arts
ELPMMA by Research
MPCSMPhil (Communications)
MPELMPhil (English)
MPHGMPhil (History & Geography)
MPLGMPhil (Law & Government)
MPTPMPhil (Theology, Philosophy & Music)
TPPMMaster of Arts

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