- Code EMDV8102
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Environmental Management & Development
- Areas of interest Environmental Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Keith Barney
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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The course introduces students to quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods used by the social sciences to study environment and development issues and problems. The course will increase students’ knowledge of how scholarly and applied research is designed and implemented, and will enable them to assess the quality of research required as an input into policy making.
The course considers questions of epistemology and the philosophy of science, and the implications of theory for the design of research. The course critically engages with the main features and methods for conducting quantitative and qualitative research. Understandings of the ethics conducting and publishing scholarly research will be integrated throughout the course lectures and discussions.
Active student participation in learning will be promoted through teaching methods that include lectures, class discussions, computer lab sessions, weekly reaction papers, and extended essays.
There are no statistical pre-requisites to attend the course. However, some knowledge of the basic concepts of statistics will be useful.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- position research within major epistemologies and philosophies of knowledge;
- assess the rigor of proposed research and research methodologies;
- develop research questions and hypotheses and to choose appropriate methods to research them;
- apply appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods to a particular research problem;
- understand aspects of positionality and subjectivity in scholarly research
- critically analyse, design, operationalise, and write research studies
Semester 1; on campus and distance education.
- Tutorial assignments 15%; quantitative assignment 40%; qualitative assignment 38%, participation in class discussions 7% (15) [LO null]
- The change in indicative assessment is due to informal feedback received from students in Semester 1 2010, which indicated that they prefer to have assessment spread over several items, including participation in class discussions that involve a good amount of preparation. (null) [LO null]
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4 contact hours and about 6 hours reading and writing per week
Journal articles and book chapters.
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