• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Sociology, Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Rohan Todd
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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In this course we will be getting to grips with the challenge of understanding what qualitative research is all about and how we can use it and develop it to understand life in today's world. Whilst we will be exploring popular techniques such as interviewing and participant observation, emphasis will be placed on how more innovative and creative research practices such as soundwalking, visual methods and mobile methods can push traditional research practices in new directions which perhaps better reflect the character and concerns of today's world.

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. Design and utilise a range of qualitative research methods.
  2. Understand the practical, conceptual and ethical implications of a range of different qualitative research methods used by sociologists.
  3. Explain the different ways in which qualitative research methods are evaluated within contemporary sociological debates and analyse their cultural, social and political implications.
  4. Develop written arguments about the practical, conceptual and ethical implications of a range of different qualitative research methods.
  5. Communicate findings in written and oral form with reference to broader debates within sociology and related disciplines.

Indicative Assessment

Observation exercise (20%, 1250 words ) Learning outcomes 1,2,3
Interview exercise (20%, 1250 words ) Learning outcomes 1,2,3
Essay (50%, 2500 words) Learning outcomes 2,3,4
Tutorial preparation and participation (10%) Learning outcomes 4,5

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level Sociology (SOCY) courses, which may include CRIM1001, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENVS2014 or SRES2014.




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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 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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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
8619 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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