METHODS IN SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH

SOC3MSR

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

Students are introduced to a range of current methods of social inquiry. These include both quantitative and qualitative research methods such as surveys, interviews, observation, content analysis, spatial analysis, the analysis of historical and policy documents and records and other unobtrusive methods. The objective is for students to apply these techniques to complete research projects and to gain some understanding of when best to employ particular strategies while being aware of strengths and weaknesses of each approach.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Has completed 30 credit points of 2nd-year subjects, or co-ordinator's approval. It is a core subject at third year for Sociology major at Melbourne, Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects SOC2MSR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at third year for Sociology major at Melbourne, Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSocial Research Methods,PrescribedWalter, Maggie 10133RD EDN, OUP

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically evaluate diverse research methods, approaches and applications

Activities:
Online modules, workshops, online test, research report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Identify and address the challenges of research projects

Activities:
Online modules, workshops, online test, research report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Identify and report on ethical issues in social research

Activities:
Online modules, workshops, online test, research report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Understand, implement and report on research practice

Activities:
Online modules, workshops, online test, research report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online test (methods)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Online test (ethics)10 02, 03
Research project65 01, 02, 03, 04

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEdgar Burns

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online test (methods)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Online test (ethics)10 02, 03
Research project65 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online test (methods)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Online test (ethics)10 02, 03
Research project65 01, 02, 03, 04

Mildura, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online test (methods)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Online test (ethics)10 02, 03
Research project65 01, 02, 03, 04

Shepparton, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online test (methods)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Online test (ethics)10 02, 03
Research project65 01, 02, 03, 04