The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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 currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


The 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.

Assumed knowledge

While there are no prerequisites, it is assumed that students will have completed some courses at 1000 and 2000 level.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Seminar paper

Participation: Tutorial Participation

Proposal / Plan: Research proposal

Presentation: Research Presentation