METHODS IN SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH

SOC3MSR

2021

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, spatial analysis, the analysis of historical and policy documents and records and other unobtrusive methods. Students apply these techniques innovatively to complete research projects on current social issues and gain critical understanding of the suitability of various research strategies and approaches. Working collaboratively, the new ideas generated have the potential to create change relating to the social issue identified. This subject a addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship entail developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions - now and in the future.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesOnline modules, workshops, online test, research report

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Has completed 30 credit points of 2nd-year subjects, or co-ordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsSOC2MSR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Social Research Methods

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorWalter, Maggie

Year2019

Edition/Volume4TH EDN

PublisherOUP

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically evaluate and apply diverse research methods and strategies in order to identify complex social problems in need of creative solutions
02. Work collaboratively to generate and manage new ideas and evaluate their impact
03. Identify ethical issues and report on research practice and findings clearly

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
All regional instances are timetabled at the same time.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online test of research methods (equivalent to 1000 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO3

Online test of research ethics (equivalent to 500 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO3

Research project (equivalent to 2500 words)This assessment includes 15% peer review on research process in order to complete the project successfully.

N/AN/AN/ANo65 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
All regional instances are timetabled at the same time.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online test of research methods (equivalent to 1000 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO3

Online test of research ethics (equivalent to 500 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO3

Research project (equivalent to 2500 words)This assessment includes 15% peer review on research process in order to complete the project successfully.

N/AN/AN/ANo65 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online test of research methods (equivalent to 1000 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO3

Online test of research ethics (equivalent to 500 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO3

Research project (equivalent to 2500 words)This assessment includes 15% peer review on research process in order to complete the project successfully.

N/AN/AN/ANo65 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Mildura, 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
All regional instances are timetabled at the same time.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online test of research methods (equivalent to 1000 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO3

Online test of research ethics (equivalent to 500 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO3

Research project (equivalent to 2500 words)This assessment includes 15% peer review on research process in order to complete the project successfully.

N/AN/AN/ANo65 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Shepparton, 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorXianbi Huang

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
All regional instances are timetabled at the same time.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online test of research methods (equivalent to 1000 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO3

Online test of research ethics (equivalent to 500 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO3

Research project (equivalent to 2500 words)This assessment includes 15% peer review on research process in order to complete the project successfully.

N/AN/AN/ANo65 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3