Course will provide an advanced treatment of how social science approaches can be used to inform policy, business and service delivery decisions. This course will cover state-of-the-art social science techniques using a range of data sources. Content includes panel data analysis, evaluation methods, use of machine learning in social sciences, prediction, use of administrative data, text as data, rapid review and meta-analysis and cost-benefit analysis.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the assumptions, strengths and limitations of advanced techniques for analysing data in the social sciences;
- use appropriate software packages to manage and analyse data;
- identify key issues and problems in empirical analysis and propose solutions to them;
- communicate and critique research in a rigorous manner; and
- discuss the policy and/or theoretical implications of advanced social science approaches.
- Class participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Assignment 1 - Critique of selected empirical paper (1,500 words) (15) [LO 1,4]
- Assignment 2 - Research project using real-world data (3,500 words) (35) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Oral presentation - Policy brief from research project (10 minutes) (20) [LO 5]
- Class test (2 hours) (25) [LO 1]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: made up of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and online activities; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|6271||10 Aug 2020||21 Aug 2020||21 Aug 2020||09 Oct 2020||In Person||N/A|