- Code SOCY2043
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Policy Studies, Social Research, Sociology, Criminology
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Gavin Smith
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2018
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In this course we explore the nature of qualitative research and how we can use this approach to better understand the richness and complexities of social life. Whilst we explore established techniques such as interviewing and participant observation, emphasis is also placed on how emerging techniques such as soundwalking and visual and digital methods can push traditional research practices in new directions which perhaps better reflect the character and concerns of today's world.
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:
- explain and address social problems by utilising a range of qualitative research methods;
- understand the practical, conceptual and ethical implications of using qualitative research methods and approaches;
- explicate the different ways in which qualitative methods are used and evaluated by social scientists;
- develop arguments about the practical, conceptual and ethical implications of using qualitative research methods for understanding and transforming the social world; and
- communicate findings in written and oral form with reference to broader debates within sociology and related cognate disciplines.
Other InformationThe lecture will be approximately 50 minutes in duration, and the seminars will be approximately 90 minutes in duration so that more practical activities can be completed.
Indicative AssessmentObservation exercise, 1250 words (25%). Learning outcomes 1,2,3,5.
Interview exercise, 1250 words (25%). Learning outcomes 1,2,3,5.
Synthesis take-home examination, 2000 words (40%). Learning outcomes 2-5.
Seminar participation (10%). Learning outcomes 4,5.
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures, and 18 hours of student-led seminars; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed KnowledgeThis course assumes that students have a basic familiarity with sociological perspectives and approaches.
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8619||23 Jul 2018||30 Jul 2018||31 Aug 2018||26 Oct 2018||In Person||N/A|