• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Baptiste Brossard
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in 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.

Learning Outcomes

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:

  1. identify and explain key methodological issues in sociological research;
  2. select and carry out a range of social research methods; and
  3. develop an informed argument about methodological processes in social research.

Indicative Assessment

Observation 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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130 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

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) (HDEVS), Bachelor of Criminology (Honours) (HCRIM), Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) (HPOLS), Bachelor of Public Policy (HPPOL), Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR).

Preliminary Reading

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

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6240
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $9600
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2881 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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