Available in 2017, 2018

Course handbook


This course is the second of two Honours level courses which build knowledge and understanding about the history and philosophy of research in Sociology and Anthropology. This knowledge and understanding is used to develop insights into the ways that problems in Sociology and Anthropology are conceived and acted on. The course enhances skills and capacities in reading and literature reviewing, critical reasoning and argument, essay writing and verbal communication. The course includes: discussions of pure and applied research methods in Sociology and Anthropology; ethical and research design issues; student-based presentations of key issues and research proposals; and on-line bibliographic searches and writing techniques.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. demonstrate an advanced comprehension of contemporary issues in Sociology and Anthropology and their historical dimensions.

2. demonstrate an advanced understanding of cross-disciplinary linkages within Sociology and Anthropology and between Sociology and Anthropology and other disciplines.

3. demonstrate an advanced comprehension of the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches with which to examine and evaluate issues and problems in Sociology and Anthropology.

4. demonstrate a wide range of skills and methods necessary to undertake a complex analysis and communication of issues in Sociology and Anthropology and to critically analyse social research, social indicators, reports and policies.


  • Topics in Sociology and Anthropology, presented as one continuous seminar
  • Advanced skills development:
  • Oral presentation and discussion
  • Essay writing


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) programs.

Assumed knowledge

A major in the appropriate discipline with a minimum credit grade average.

Assessment items

Literature Review: Comprehensive literature review and presentation Final reseach proposal

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term