- Class Number 2681
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Helen Keane
- Dr Helen Keane
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
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:
- 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.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course: written feedback on each assessment, individual meetings by appointment and collective feedback during class.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||What is methodology?|
|2||How to chose a method or methods?|
|4||Describing and Analysing Observations|
|5||Reflexivity: What is your relationship to your research topic?|
|6||Interviews and other methods in a digital/post COVID world||Assessment 1 due|
|8||Finding relevant statistics|
|9||Finding archives and documents|
|10||Analyzing Documents (text and images)|
|11||Reading and Consultation Week||Assessment 2 due|
|12||Conclusion||Assessment 3 due during exam period|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Observation Analysis||25 %||1, 2|
|Interview Analysis OR Statistics & Archives Analysis||35 %||1, 2|
|Research essay||40 %||1, 2, 3|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Assessment 1 is a 1500 word observation analysis. Students will have to conduct an observation and write an analytical account of this observation.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Interview Analysis OR Statistics & Archives Analysis
Assessment 2 is a 2000 word analysis of a specific method and data type. Students 1) conduct an interview and write an analysis of the social situation of the interviewee as well as of the interviewing situation OR 2) identify statistics and archives that are relevant to their research project and explain their relevance, and the questions they can help answer.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Assessment 3 is a 2500 word essay in which students will explain how and why they selected the research method(s) for their thesis.
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