• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Forestry, Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Lorrae Van Kerkhoff
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2014
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This course introduces the major qualitative research methods as they are applied across the social sciences, especially human geography. Data collection methods covered include interviewing, oral histories, participant observation, textual analysis, and focus groups. Data analysis methods are also presented, and applied in conjunction with using N*Vivo qualitative data analysis software. In this course students will develop an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities of taking a qualitative approach to research on sustainability issues. The course introduces some of the ethical and cross-cultural concerns researchers encounter, and gain the skills to critically evaluate qualitative research.

 

Honours Pathway Option

Subject to the approval of the course convenor; HPO students will be required to demonstrate greater depth of understanding of the content of the course. HPO students will undertake a program of advanced reading and will be required to prepare and facilitate a discussion session (like a tutorial) (equivalent to a minimum of 20% of overall assessment).  All other assessment requirements remain the same.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. identify and critically evaluate qualitative research methods from literature
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the methodological challenges posed by qualitative research in the context of sustainability
  3. demonstrate an ability to apply conceptual and practical tools to the development of qualitative research projects in the context of sustainability
  4. understand and demonstrate the application of reflexive principles to their learning

Other Information

This course will be held in Winter Session during the periods 23-27 June  and  8-11 September 2014.

Students who want to enrol in this non-standard session course but cannot see the relevant enrolment term on ISIS should contact the Fenner School at the following email address:

Helen.Lawley@anu.edu.au

Indicative Assessment

  • Keeping and submitting a day-by-day learning journal, assessed twice in the semester (25%; LO 4)
  • Creating and reporting on a self-directed field trip where students apply two qualitative research methods of their choice (10%; LO 3)
  • Designing and writing a qualitative research project proposal on a sustainability-related subject of their choice, 2000 words (35%; LO 2, 3)
  • Take-home exam - Critical assessment of a qualitative research project report (30%; LO 1, 2)

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Workload

65 contact hours over the semester

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units towards a degree, including at least one of SRES1001, ENVS1001 or ASIA1030. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SOCY2043 or SRES2014.

Prescribed Texts

Hay, I. (2010) Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (3rd ed.), Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended ENVS1003

Areas of Interest

  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Human Ecology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
  • Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Human Sciences
  • Policy Studies
  • Population Studies

Majors

Minors

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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
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
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5584 23 Jun 2014 24 Jun 2014 11 Jul 2014 11 Sep 2014 In Person N/A

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