In SPSW4020 students extend prior knowledge concerning key debates and perspectives on theory and methods in Social policy and Administration. Topics such as the philosophical underpinnings of social research, the links between theory and method, ethical issues, justification of methodology and specific methods are explored. Students attend seminars and complete assessments related to their thesis topic, including literature reviews, a research proposal and an ethics application (where relevant). Students also attend a series of professional development workshops to enhance their scholarly abilities. These courses articulate with the topic-specific readings students do in consultation with their supervisors, and provide the foundation upon which students construct, conduct and write-up their research in the form of a thesis.
Availability2017 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2017
- Semester 2 - 2017
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a grounded knowledge of Social policy as a domain of social science theory, practice and inquiry.
2. Demonstrate a capacity to comprehend key intellectual issues, debates and problematics in social policy studies.
3. Demonstrate an ability to comprehend and apply techniques of evaluating, analysing and synthesising complex academic and social phenomena.
4. Display and apply skills necessary to posit, interrogate and answer a significant research question through the sophisticated use of appropriate theory and method.
5. Demonstrate appropriate skills required to produce and present an insightful and critically reflective thesis in Social Policy Studies after devising and executing a program of study and research to the required Honours standard.
6. Display core competencies in the writing of an extensive and sophisticated text deriving from the developed capacity to apply, systemically and rigorously, the principles of critical scholarship within a broad social policy framework.
SPSW4020 addresses topics such as the philosophical underpinnings of social research, the links between theory and method, ethical issues, justification of methodology and specific methods are explored.
Students attend seminars and complete assessments related to their thesis topic, including:
- literature reviews,
- a research proposal; and
- an ethics application (where relevant).
The coursework provides students with an in-depth coverage of theoretical and methodological study.
The theory and research methods framework draws on:
- historical analysis of the social context and the way societies respond to issues;
- sociological analysis and critique of wider social structures;
- processes and ideological debates;
- post-structuralist critiques; and
- explores various quantitative, qualitative and combined approaches to contemporary policy research.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) program.
Literature Review: Comprehensive literature review and presentation Final research proposal
Callaghan and Ourimbah
Self-Directed 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term