• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Algorithms and Data
  • Specialisation code SORM-SPEC
Social Research Methods Specialisation

How does one choose the correct methods and analysis strategies to understand important problems facing dynamic and complex societies today? The Social Research Methods specialisation equips students with the methods and techniques for analysing a broad range of social science data and research questions. Students are taught how to develop their own theoretically-driven social research questions and choose appropriate research designs. Identifying, interpreting and presenting research findings to a general audience is also an important part of the training provided.

Career Opportunities

The Social Research Methods specialisation will advance your career by providing much sought methodological skills to carry out social science research in both the government and private employment sectors. It also provides a solid foundation for undertaking PhD research.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate statistical social research used in academia, government and industry
  2. Formulate a research question and undertake analytical techniques appropriate for answering stated research question
  3. Present and interpret multivariate statistical research results
  4. Understand when to use particular multivariate techniques, and the assumptions that underlie them.
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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

6 - 12 units from the completion of the following:

SOCR8002 - Survey Data Analysis (6 units)

SOCR8003 - Qualitative Research Analysis (6 units)

6 - 12 units from the completion of the following:

SOCR8201 - Introduction to Social Science Methods and Types of Data (6 units)

SOCR8008 - Qualitative data collection (6 units)

SOCR8009 - Quantitative data collection (6 units)

6 - 12 units from the completion of the following:

SOCR8006 - Online Research Methods (6 units)

SOCR8010 - Advanced Survey Data Analysis (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

DEMO8008 - Principles of Population Analysis (6 units)

DEMO8024 - Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives (6 units)

DEMO8047 - International Migration (6 units)

DEMO8048 - Gender and Population (6 units)

DEMO8088 - Population, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (6 units)

SOCR8004 - Special Topic in Social Research (6 units)

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