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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Pre-requisites

SOC20001 - Doing Social Research AND 84 credit points in any SCU units

Unit aim

Builds upon knowledge gained in SOC20001 Doing Social Research. Introduces the main worldviews underpinning different types of social research and identifies their characteristic views of social reality. Explores the political and ethical issues related to social research and the implications for research design. A range of methods is introduced some of which students will practice using in a piece of authentic research.

Unit content

  1. Theories and paradigms in social research
  2. Designing a piece of research related to staff research activities
  3. Quantitative methods
  4. Quantitative variables and their measurement
  5. Politics and ethics in social research
  6. Qualitative methods
  7. Evaluation research; Multi methods
  8. Qualitative analysis
  9. Quantitative analysis: from questionnaire to data management
  10. Univariate analysis & presentation of results
  11. Topics 9 & 10 continued
  12. Presentations

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain different paradigmatic approaches to social reality
2 discuss the political and ethical issues related to social research
3 understand and be able to reflect critically upon different methods of research
4 conduct research using a variety of reactive and non-reactive methods
5 report original research in oral and written form.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain different paradigmatic approaches to social reality
    • GA4:
  2. discuss the political and ethical issues related to social research
    • GA4:
  3. understand and be able to reflect critically upon different methods of research
    • GA1:
  4. conduct research using a variety of reactive and non-reactive methods
    • GA5:
  5. report original research in oral and written form.
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Bouma, G & Ling, R, 2004, The research process, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
  • Walter, M (ed.), 2013, Social research methods, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.