- Code SOCY4010
- Unit Value 12 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Australian Studies, Development Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Baptiste Brossard
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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The sociological imagination involves paying attention to the mundane aspects of everyday life while simultaneously reflecting theoretically on these aspects. This course will provide training in the main methods used by sociologists: interviews, observations, archives/document analysis and statistics. As advanced training in methodology for Honours students, the course also emphasises the relationship between research practices and theoretical and epistemological issues. The guiding principle of the course is reflexivity - ongoing reflection on the conditions under which any knowledge is produced.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify and explain key methodological issues in sociological research;
- select and carry out a range of social research methods; and
- develop an informed argument about methodological processes in social research.
Indicative AssessmentObservation analysis 1000 words (15%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3
Interview analysis 1500 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3
Statistics and archives analysis 1500 words (25%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3
Research essay 2000 words (40%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of seminars and 12 hours of research consultations; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Burawoy, Michael. 1998. "The Extended Case Method", Sociological Theory, 16(1): 4 - 33
Chalmers, Alan. 1976. What is this Thing Called Science? Queensland University Press and Open University Press
Desmond, Matthew. 2014. “Relational Ethnography.” Theory and Society 43: 547-579
Glaser, Barney & Anselm Strauss. 1967. The Discovery of Grounded Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research. Chicago, Aldine.
Timmermans, Stefan and Iddo Tavory. 2012. "Theory Construction in Qualitative Research: From Grounded Theory to Abductive Analysis", Sociological Theory, 30(3): 167-186
Completion of a cognate major
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