- 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, Sociology, Criminology
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Gavin Smith
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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In this course we explore the nature of qualitative research and how we can use methods from this approach to better understand the complexity of social life and relations. Whilst we predominantly explore established techniques such as interviewing and participant observation, emphasis is also placed on how more nascent techniques - such as visual, digital and sensory methods - can push traditional research practices in new directions which better reflect the character and concerns of today's world.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- explain the key tenets, features and value of qualitative research;
- understand the practical, conceptual and ethical implications of using qualitative methods and approaches in social research;
- comprehend and evaluate the various qualitative techniques that are used by researchers in the pursuit of their studies;
- develop practical experience in using qualitative methods in the course of project-based learning and reflecting critically on the process of doing social research; and
- communicate methodological arguments and research findings in written and oral form with reference to broader methodological, conceptual and substantive debates within sociology and related cognate disciplines.
The weekly lecture is 60 minutes in length and the workshops are 120 minutes in length, so that more practical and collaborative activities can be completed.
- Methodology Essay, 1000 words (25) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Designing Qualitative Research Exercise, 1000 words (25) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Workshop Participation, continuous (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Qualitative Research Reflection, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures, and 24 hours of student-led workshops; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no prescribed texts for this course. These vary from year to year.
Assumed KnowledgeThis course assumes that students have a basic familiarity with sociological perspectives and approaches.
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