Professional Practice and Key Debates in the Social Sciences

Course code SOCS1100Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course is a prescribed course for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science and is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science program.

This course comprises two streams. The first stream introduces students to the utility of the Social Sciences, to an understanding of the social world in which social scientists operate to develop and run social programs, and to social issues and debates which relate to the professional work of social scientists. The major assignment for the second stream is a focus group - run the group, transcribe the interview and analyse the interview data. Along with this a series of practical workshops will provide students with the skills necessary to undertake this task and produce a professional research report. In addition to interview and analysis skills, the workshops will cover: computer literacy, effective use of the internet, and competency with word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation software as they apply in the Social Sciences. Other aspects of professional practice such as written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, and working in groups are also covered. Students are expected to reach a level of competence in these skills, starting from very different skill backgrounds.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of foundational social science knowledge and debates in the areas of program management, policy analysis and social research.
2. Critically appraise and discuss the relevant literature .
3. Demonstrate competency in the use of a range of information and communication technologies.
4. Demonstrate competency in written, oral, group work and interpersonal communication skills.
ContentThis course introduces students to the foundational skills and knowledge required for professional practice in a range of Social Science related careers, with a focus on social research, social policy and the social context of government interventions in society. Seminars will provide foundational knowledge of social research methods, including epistemological debates and links between social theory and various methods; an understanding of the key aspects of the social world in which professions in the social sciences operate; an understanding of the broad frameworks through which social policy is created and enacted. Tutorial Workshops will cover: interview techniques, transcription of interview material and analysis of interview data, foundational computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets and critical use of the internet), effective library research (including use of electronic databases), time management, research report and essay writing, presentation skills and use of MS PowerPoint, referencing and plagiarism, managing group work, and interpersonal communication skills.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSOCA1010 Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay (2,000 words); 40%; due week 7
Other: (please specify)In class exercises. Due weeks 8 to 12 in class. 20%
ProjectsCareer Portfolio and plan (1000 words); 10%; due week 13.
ReportsResearch Report (2,000 words); 30%; due week 13
Contact HoursComputer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Social Sciences
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SOCS1100