Social Science Research Methods

Course code SOCA6640Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Provides students with a sound grounding in the range of research methods relevant to the wider teaching program in Social Change and Development. It also provides an awareness of some of the relevant debates in the area of methodology. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered. The course will be student-centred, problem-oriented and delivered in a multi-media format.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Objectives1.Develop a critical understanding of the linkage between theories of social change and development and social research;
2.Develop a critical understanding of the range of research techniques employed by social researchers, both qualitative and quantitative, in constructing and testing theoretical understandings of social relationships;
3.Critique the research methods and the interpretation of data found in readings for other courses;
4.Design research frameworks appropriate to the research tasks arising from other parts of the course;
5.Utilise a spreadsheet package to analyse numerical data and present it in the forms of graphs and tables appropriate to the needs of social science research;
6.Critically understand the ethical implications of research practices and the external environment within which social research is conducted.
ContentContent includes
* examination of the range of research methods relevant to the wider teaching program in Social Change and Development;
* exposure to some of the relevant debates in the area of methodology;
* examinaiton of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate degree with major in social science or related area.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Seminar
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsDesigining a survey instrument 1500 words worth 30%, Week 7
Essays / Written AssignmentsInterpretation of statistics and graphs 1000 words 20%, Week 10
Group/tutorial participation and contributionPosting answers to 10 out of 13 weekly discussion questions, 10%.
Due throughout semester.
ProjectsQualitative research project 2000 words 40%, due week 14.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for SOCA6640