• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Maria Hynes
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
    Second Semester 2017
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SOCY8101 Social Research Theory and Design is designed for students in Sociology (students from other social sciences may take the course with the agreement of their supervisors and course convenors).  It examines the epistemological assumptions underpinning key theoretical perspectives in sociology and the practical implications of these perspectives for research design. The course complements and may be taken concurrently with SOCY8102 Advanced Social Research Methods, which further develops students’ capacity for theoretically informed application of specific research methods and techniques.

The course  consists of  six self-guided study modules, online discussion using Wattle and two intensive one-day seminars.  The course pedagogy is based on principles of problem-based and self-directed learning; that is, learning about research theory and design through real world case studies and the application of learning to students’ own research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understanding of relationships between sociological theory, methodology and research design
  • Ability to develop theoretically and empirically sophisticated research designs
  • Appreciation of research topics and designs across ANU Sociology HDR and staff cohorts

Indicative Assessment

The course will be assessed as pass/fail. Students must gain a pass grade for each component of the assesssment.

Seminar presentation/workshop on topic to be negotiated with course convenor – 30%.

5000 word essay exploring the implications of theoretical perspectives covered in the course to the student’s own thesis topic – 70%.

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130 hours of total student learning time over 12 weeks made up from: a) two one day intensive seminars 36; and b) the balance in independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed SOCY8102 or permission of the convenor

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

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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 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3175 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8144 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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