Applied Social Research Project

Course code SOCS3200Units 10Level 3000Faculty 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 also available to other students as an elective. This course provides grounding in advanced social research methods. It is strongly advised that students should take it after SOCS2400 Applied Social Research and SOCS2300 Ethical debates in Social Sciences.

In this course students will workshop social science research skills in developing research proposals, reviewing literature and collecting data. They will also participate in a larger research project which will allow them to apply these skills in a broader context and to write a research report.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1.Demonstrate an understanding of a range of social research methods, related ethical issues, and the relationship between research and social theory.
2. Critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of various social research methods and select appropriate methods to answer research questions.
3. Conduct the planning, collection and analysis of data as part of a small research project.
4. Effectively communicate research results in written and oral form.
ContentThis course provides grounding in advanced social research methods. In this course students undertake a range of exercises to develop their qualitative research skills including writing research proposals, literature reviews, data collection, and report writing. They will also have the opportunity to take part in a research project and write an individual report based on the data collected.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSOCS2400 Applied Social Research and SOCS2300 Ethical Debates in Social Sciences.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignment 1500 words, 30%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass exercises 10%
ProjectsPresentation, 10%
ReportsMajor research report; 3000 words; 50%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SOCS3200