Social Science Research Methods

Description

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 multimedia format.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. 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. Understand the use of a statistical computer package to undertake descriptive and inferential statistical analysis and manipulate basic statistical concepts in both descriptive and inferential modes;

7. Critically understand the ethical implications of research practices and the external environment within which social research is conducted.

Content

Content 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.

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate degree with major in social science or related area

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Weekly contributions to, and participation in, online forum; or weekly seminars

Essay: Essay 1: Interpreting statistics

Essay: Essay 2: Designing a Survey Instrument

Essay: Essay 3: Qualitative Research Project

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

ON CAMPUS STUDENTS: seminar. DISTANCE EDUCATION STUDENTS: Email discussion group and self directed learning.