- Code SOCR8006
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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 PGRD
- Dr Robert Ackland
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Compare online research methods to methods traditionally used by social scientists.
- Locate available tools and data for online research.
- Be able to conduct basic social network analysis using data from the Web
- Understand the ethical implications of various online research methods
- Understand the advantages and disadvantages of various online research methods
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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WorkloadIn 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
Course notes and additional readings will be available via the learning management system (Wattle).
Assumed KnowledgeStudents 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
- Science Communication
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8669||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|
|9336||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||Online||N/A|