• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Areas of interest Political Communication, Political Sciences, Population Studies, Social Research, Sociology More...
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Robert Ackland
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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The World Wide Web is only around 20 years old, but it has transformed the way we work, collaborate, engage in commerce, participate in the politics and interact socially. This course will provide students with thorough training in online research methods for social science Internet research.  While "obtrusive" social research methods (e.g. online surveys and focus groups) will be covered, there will be greater emphasis on unobstrusive research methods, e.g. quantitative (statistical) analysis of Internet trace data from emails, websites, blogsites and social networking sites such as Facebook.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Compare online research methods to methods traditionally used by social scientists.
  2. Locate available tools and data for online research.
  3. Be able to conduct basic social network analysis using data from the Web
  4. Understand the ethical implications of various online research methods
  5. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of various online research methods

Indicative Assessment

Class participation and online forum (15%, 750 words approx.) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5]

Two computer lab exercises (15% each, 750 words approx.) [Learning Outcome 3]

Critical review of journal article - paper and class presentation (20%, 750 words) [Learning Outcomes 1, 4, 5]

Final paper (35%, 3000 words) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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Workload

In Person - 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Online - 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of podcasts over 12 weeks and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Graduate Certificate in Social Research or Master of Social Research. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Indicative Reading List

Course notes and additional readings will be available via the learning management system (Wattle).

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to be familiar with using a computer and using a web browser in particular.  It is expected that students will have had some exposure to quantitative or qualitative social science research methods.

Areas of Interest

  • Political Communication
  • Political Sciences
  • Population Studies
  • Social Research
  • Sociology
  • Marketing
  • Science Communication

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
On Campus
8669 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person
Online
9336 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 Online

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