All research is conducted within a particular ontological and epistemological paradigm. The production of a PhD, or any other form of social science research, thus necessitates a clear ontological and epistemological framework. Research must also conform to ethical philosophy and standards. This essay requires students to select and apply ontological, epistemological and ethical paradigms to their proposed research and to critically assess the philosophical foundations and ethical implications of their work.
Describe, discuss and critically evaluate your chosen paradigm and demonstrate how you will apply this paradigm to the design of your research. Consider and critically evaluate the ethical dimensions of your research. Equal weight will be given in the marking to the justification of your chosen paradigm and to the ethical dimensions of your research.