- Code SOCR8204
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Social Research
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Course will provide an advanced treatment of how social science approaches can be used to inform policy, business and service delivery decisions. This course will cover state-of-the-art social science techniques using a range of data sources. Content includes panel data analysis, evaluation methods, use of machine learning in social sciences, prediction, use of administrative data, text as data, rapid review and meta-analysis and cost-benefit analysis.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the assumptions, strengths and limitations of advanced techniques for analysing data in the social sciences;
- use appropriate software packages to manage and analyse data;
- identify key issues and problems in empirical analysis and propose solutions to them;
- communicate and critique research in a rigorous manner; and
- discuss the policy and/or theoretical implications of advanced social science approaches.
- Class participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Assignment 1 - Critique of selected empirical paper (1,500 words) (15) [LO 1,4]
- Assignment 2 - Research project using real-world data (3,500 words) (35) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Oral presentation - Policy brief from research project (10 minutes) (20) [LO 5]
- Class test (2 hours) (25) [LO 1]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: made up of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and online activities; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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