Module 1: What is Research?

“Research is about the search for answers to social problems”.

Dr. Philomina Okeke-Ihejirka

Photo of Dr. Phil Okeke-Ihejirika by Ayo Erinle for PACE’s 2019 Black History Month exhibit, Resilience of Culture in a New Homeland

learning objectives

by the end of this module you should be able to:

  • Answer the question: what is research? 
  • Explain the role of research in addressing social problems
  • Define feminist research and research for social change 
  • Explain what is meant by a “local demand for knowledge”
  • Define situated knowledges, epistemology, and ontology
  • Identify different ways of knowing 
  • Explain the course objectives and expectations