• 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 Helen Keane
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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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:

  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

  1. Observation analysis (1500 words) (25) [LO 1,2]
  2. Interview analysis OR Statistics and archives analysis 2000 words (35) [LO 1,2]
  3. Research essay (2500 words ) (40) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

260 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

b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.


Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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).

Prescribed Texts

Not required

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $6360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $9780
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2681 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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