Social Science Research

Course code SOCA3168Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course examines the interrelationships between social theory and social science research. It presents the wide range of research strategies, methods and processes in social science research. Human research ethics and the politics of research are also explored. Students will develop and critically evaluate a social science research proposal.

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:
1. an understanding of the key concepts and methods used in social science research,
2. an ability to critically evaluate social science research,
3. an ability to design and evaluate a research project,
4. extended oral and written presentation skills.
ContentThe course will be introduced through an exploration of social science research within intellectual, social and political contexts. The range of social science research methods will be explored, locating these within ethical, methodological and theoretical frameworks. Students will present and critically evaluate their developed research proposals.
Replacing Course(s)HUMA3168 Social Science Research
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeWhile there are no prerequisites, it is assumed that students will have completed some courses at 1000 and 2000 level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsSeminar paper (1500 words, early semester) 20%
Other: (please specify)Tutorial Participation (throughout semester, oral discussion of tutorial questions) 10%
Other: (please specify)Research proposal (end of semester, 2000 words) 50%
Presentations - IndividualResearch Presentation (mid semester, 1000 words, 20 mins duration) 20%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term