- Code SOCR4006
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Social Research
- Areas of interest Sociology, Criminology
The World Wide Web is only around 20 years old, but it has transformed the way we work, collaborate, engage in commerce, participate in the politics and interact socially. This course will provide students with thorough training in online research methods for social science Internet research. While "obtrusive" social research methods (e.g. online surveys and focus groups) will be covered, there will be greater emphasis on unobstrusive research methods, e.g. quantitative (statistical) analysis of Internet trace data from emails, websites, blogsites and social networking sites such as Facebook.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- compare online research methods to methods traditionally used by social scientists;
- locate available tools and data for online research;
- conduct basic social network analysis using data from the Web;
- understand the ethical implications of various online research methods; and
- understand the advantages and disadvantages of various online research methods.
- Class participation and online forum, 750 words (15) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Two computer lab exercises, 750 words (15% each) (30) [LO 3]
- Critical review of journal article - paper and class presentation, 750 words (20) [LO 1,4,5]
- Final paper, 3000 words (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed KnowledgeStudents are expected to be familiar with using a computer and using a web browser in particular. It is expected that students will have had some exposure to quantitative or qualitative social science research methods.
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