• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Sociology, Criminology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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In this course we will be getting to grips with the challenge of understanding what qualitative research is all about and how we can use it and develop it to understand life in today's world. Whilst we will be exploring popular techniques such as interviewing and participant observation, emphasis will be placed on how more innovative and creative research practices such as soundwalking, visual methods and mobile methods can push traditional research practices in new directions which perhaps better reflect the character and concerns of today's world.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Design and utilise a range of qualitative research methods.
  2. Understand the practical, conceptual and ethical implications of a range of different qualitative research methods used by sociologists.
  3. Explain the different ways in which qualitative research methods are evaluated within contemporary sociological debates and analyse their cultural, social and political implications.
  4. Develop written arguments about the practical, conceptual and ethical implications of a range of different qualitative research methods.
  5. Communicate findings in written and oral form with reference to broader debates within sociology and related disciplines.

Indicative Assessment

Observation exercise (20%, 1250 words ) Learning outcomes 1,2,3
Interview exercise (20%, 1250 words ) Learning outcomes 1,2,3
Essay (50%, 2500 words) Learning outcomes 2,3,4
Tutorial preparation and participation (10%) Learning outcomes 4,5

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level Sociology (SOCY) courses, which may include CRIM1001, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENVS2014 or SRES2014.

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Fees

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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
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
8619 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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