SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS

SOC3MSR

2015

Credit points: 15

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, the analysis of historical and policy documents and records and other unobtrusive methods. The objective is for students to become familiar with these techniques 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 15 credit points of first-year Sociology and at least 15cp of Humanities and Social Sciences 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:
Lectures, tutorial workshops, research proposal, exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

02. Identify and negotiate the challenges of research teams

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial workshops, research proposal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

03. Identify and report on ethical issues in social research

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial workshops, research proposal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

04. Understand, implement and report on research practice

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial workshops, research exercise
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

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

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,200-word research based assignment30 01, 04
One 1,800-word research proposal exercise45 03, 01, 02
One 1-hour exam (equivalent 1,000 words)25 04, 03, 01

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEdgar Burns

Class requirements

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

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,200-word research based assignment30 01, 04
One 1,800-word research proposal exercise45 03, 01, 02
One 1-hour exam (equivalent 1,000 words)25 04, 03, 01

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

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

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,200-word research based assignment30 01, 04
One 1,800-word research proposal exercise45 03, 01, 02
One 1-hour exam (equivalent 1,000 words)25 04, 03, 01

Mildura, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

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

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,200-word research based assignment30 01, 04
One 1,800-word research proposal exercise45 03, 01, 02
One 1-hour exam (equivalent 1,000 words)25 04, 03, 01

Shepparton, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMary Jo Fortuna

Class requirements

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

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,200-word research based assignment30 01, 04
One 1,800-word research proposal exercise45 03, 01, 02
One 1-hour exam (equivalent 1,000 words)25 04, 03, 01