This course equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to evaluate, conduct and commission social research. In order to understand how social data are produced and analysed, the connections between theoretical orientations, methodology and methods of social research are explored. You will examine and also apply popular research methods and develop and evaluate a research proposal. Controversial debates concerning ethics, the relationship of science to social research, issues of validity, and research with minorities are also examined.
|Learning materials – Online Learning Materials||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial - 2 hours for 11 weeks||2hrs||Week 2||11 times|
|Learning materials – Pre-recorded concept videos and associated activity||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Interactive 2 hour Zoom tutorial||2hrs||Week 2||11 times|
Foundations/Nature of Social Research
Research Design & The Research Process
Ethics and Social Research
Critical and Functional Research Methodologies
Qualitative Interviewing Methods
Content and Discourse Analysis
Practice and Evaluation
Analysing Qualitative Data
Analysing Quantitative Data I
Analysing Quantitative Data II
Finale – Overview of Course
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Critical understanding of the nature and purposes of social research and its contribution to knowledge and theory in the social sciences.||
|2||Critical understanding of current methodological debates and issues in social research and the ethical dimensions of research practice.||
|3||Capacity to apply the key methods of social research.||Knowledgeable|
|4||Advanced capacity to develop, design and evaluate coherent strategies in social research.||
Creative and critical thinker
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Any 2 courses or enrolled in Program AR707 or AR708
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Timely and detailed feedback is provided for each assessment. Feedback is provided both within text and general comments to build scholarly skills. Students are able to seek feedback through face-to-face discussion with the course coordinator. Tutorials will include extended discussion and review of the assessment task requirements and scope.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 5||Online Test (Quiz)|
6 x 1hr sessions
|Refer to Format||Online Test (Quiz)|
Structured template/question response
|Week 13||Online Test (Quiz)|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Online test|
To demonstrate emerging knowledge of the concepts, theories and issues regarding social research
The multiple choice test will be delivered online through Canvas in Week 5 for a period of three days. This individual assessment item will test your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, theories and issues introduced in the first four weeks of the course. Each test will be graded according to the number of accurate answers to the multiple-choice questions you complete
|All - Assessment Task 2:Workshop exercises|
To critically apply and demonstrate your emerging knowledge of social research methods
Submit: Weeks 6-12. You will participate in six workshops conducted in Weeks 6-12 tutorials of the course. Each of these will focus on building practical social research skills. The Task 2 assessments focus on design and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and as such, align with key topics (learning materials and workshops) of survey design (Part A) and interview question development (Part B) and then quantitative data analysis (Part C) and qualitative textual analysis (Part D). Each of these topic areas will be tested (Parts A/B/C/D) with online quizzes representing your answers to provided questions and case materials.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Research Proposal Development and Evaluation|
To critically apply your knowledge to demonstrate your capacity to evaluate choices in the context of a coherent research strategy (i.e. linking course content and thinking to an existing piece of research).
Using provided published research, you are required to evaluate the research on a template (provided with the case study) and evaluate it using the online structured answer format. The questions and case study research will be provided in advance before online submission of answers. Details will be posted on Canvas.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Maggie Walter||2019||Social Research Methods||n/a||Oxford University Press, USA|
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