• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Social Research
  • Minor code SORM-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Social Research Methods Minor

The Social Research Methods Minor introduces students to a range of research methodologies and techniques used by international relations analysts, criminologists, political scientists and sociologists. Courses in this major are based on the pedagogy of "learning by doing". Students are introduced to the practical aspects of social research methods through specific research questions which inform current debates in IR, political science, sociology and criminology. Examples of such questions include:  How has the influence of public opinion polls on policymaking been changing over time? Has crime been increasing in Australia, as the general public tends to believe? Has the gender gap in pay and university participation reversed  to the advantage of women?

In dealing with concrete questions students will have an opportunity to engage with all or at least some of the following research stages: study design including ethical considerations, data collection, data interpretation and reporting.


Learning outcomes

Upon completing the minor students will be able to:

  1. Interpret and analyze survey data and data from statistical collections available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, OECD, the UN and similar agencies
  2. Collect, interpret and analyze qualitative data generated through interviews or participant observation including online research
  3. Write research reports and essays based on empirical sources such as opinion polls, surveys, official statistical databases, observations, interviews and visual data.
  4. Design and carry out a methodologically sound research project
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
CRIM2004 Dimensions of Crime: Identifying and Controlling Offenders 6
DEMO2002 Population Analysis 6
POLS2111 Elections, Political Behaviour and Public Opinion in Australia 6
SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 6
SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 6
SOCY2055 Social Inequality in Comparative Perspective 6
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