- Code SOCY2038
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Sociology, Criminology
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Joanna Sikora
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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In the 21st century sociologists, criminologists and political scientists can access a wealth of information contained in survey data repositories. To enable students to evaluate the quantitative literature and analyse survey data themselves, this course lays the foundations for three types of skills.
First, students will consider the theoretical underpinnings of survey design. Second, they will learn about the basics of statistical theory and understand which samples do and do not represent populations of interest. Finally, they will learn to use Stata, a software package that many social scientists choose for data analysis. The course is based on an inquiry-led pedagogy. Therefore, students will learn while designing and conducting their own research project, based on their investigation of survey data. The project will be written up as a research report that meets basic criteria set for survey-based publications in sociology, criminology or political science.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and evaluate quantitative research articles.
- Design a basic survey questionnaire and analyze survey data to answer specific research questions with cross-tabulations, t-tests, correlations and ordinary least squares regressions.
- Understand the concept of random sampling and its relationship to statistical inferences.
- Write survey analysis reports to professional standards.
- Formulate and answer ad hoc verbal queries about statistical procedures and software.
- Examination, 3 hours (held during the formal examination period) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Assignments, 3000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Online quizzes, 10 x 15 minutes (1% each, for a total of 10%) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial and lab participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 38 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 22 hours of lectures, 9 PC computer laboratories and 7 tutorials and
b) 92 hours of independent student research, statistical analysis of survey data, reading and writing
Lectures will be taped.
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