• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Social Research, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course provides students the opportunity to work closely with a member of academic staff of the School of Sociology on a research project in a field of interest. In so doing they will develop real-world research skills and get a sense of how high-level academic research is conducted. The project, to be negotiated with a supervisor, will most often be related to work already underway by the faculty member, and the student will be offered the opportunity to join the research team. They will participate in a discrete element of the broader project.

Recycling “is the submission for assessment of work which, wholly or in large part, has been previously presented by the same student for another assessment, either at the Australian National University or elsewhere” (Code of Practice for Student Academic Integrity https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_000392, paragraph 2). Work submitted for assessment in SOCY3001 may not be resubmitted in whole or part for assessment in any other course, including in any Thesis (THES coded) courses.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

1. Identify and refine a research question or puzzle within an existing field of social scientific inquiry and devise a plan for investigating it.
2. Formulate a program of reading in consultation with a professional social scientist to provide context for the investigation
3. Develop a time-line for the research project and manage work to that time-line
4. Communicate research results –both orally and in writing – in a style consistent with scientific standards
5. Work as part of a research team

Indicative Assessment

Reflective Essay on the Research Project (20%) [1500 words] LO1-5

Research Paper (40%) [3000 words] LO1-4

Poster Presentation (30%) [1 poster (15%) and 10 min presentation (15%) ] LO 1-4

Participation in Project Team [continuous assesment by supervisor] (10%) LO 5

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130 hours of reading, research work and consultations, including 13 hours of communication between supervisor and student over the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Sociology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

The readings are chosen by the project supervisor, in consultation with the student, based on relevance to the project at hand.

Assumed Knowledge

96 units towards a degree. A student will normally be required to have a minimum 70 (distinction) average over at least six courses either available in the Sociology major, or listed in the orders for the Bachelor of Policy Studies, as well as written agreement of a supervisor.


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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3688 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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