• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Areas of interest Social Research

This course will provide students with a detailed understanding of the main techniques for the collection of social science data that is relevant to policy, business and service delivery decisions. Students will be well placed to design and undertaken their own research and to commission others to undertake design, fieldwork and analysis.

Content will cover quantitative surveys (questionnaire design, fieldwork techniques (CATI, online, f2f), cognitive testing) and qualitative methods (in-depth interviews, focus groups, observational techniques), sampling, weighting and assessing representativeness of data, total survey error, creation of data sets for analysis using administrative data, cross-sectional versus longitudinal data.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

1. Identify testable research questions applicable to the social sciences.
2. Discuss in detail the strengths and weaknesses of different types of data.
3. Design a rigorous quantitative empirical strategy.
4. Design a rigorous qualitative empirical strategy.
5. Adjust survey, qualitative and administrative data for analysis by others.

Indicative Assessment

Class participation (5%) LO1-5
Assignment 1 - Development and testing of a survey instrument, with justification (1,500 words, 15%) LO1,2
Assignment 2 - Development of an empirical strategy for qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods data (3,500 words, 35%) LO1,3,4
Oral presentation - Discussion of an empirical strategy (10 minutes, 20%) LO3,4,5
Class test (2 hours, 25%) LO2,5

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed SOCR8201 and SOCR8202, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

To be provided on the course Wattle site.

Preliminary Reading

Selected chapters from:

  • Bryman, A. (2012). Social research methods. Oxford university press.
  • Groves, R. M., Fowler Jr, F. J., Couper, M. P., Lepkowski, J. M., Singer, E., & Tourangeau, R. (2011). Survey methodology. John Wiley & Sons.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
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Winter Session

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6534 05 Aug 2019 09 Aug 2019 23 Aug 2019 04 Oct 2019 In Person View

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