• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance

In 2022, the class dates for this course are August 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 and 18.

This course observes the four main philosophies behind research approaches to shed light on the purpose of social science research associated with these philosophies, to encourage PhD students to weigh the strengths and benefits of quantitative and qualitative research to apply to their projects. The course provides hands-on, practical learning to PhD students on the foundations of statistical analysis and application, as used in social science research and purpose. Students are encouraged to engage in active learning on analysing data from widely-used data websites to apply lessons regarding when, how, and what data to use. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Distinguish between the philosophies that guide the epistemology of knowledge.
  2. Situate and explain research in the broader literature, discipline, and research philosophy.
  3. Understand and apply quantitative statistical analysis and inference.
  4. Critically evaluate and explain data operationalisation, quality, fit, measurement, and reliability.
  5. Build critical foundations for additional in-depth qualitative or quantitative skill development.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Synopses and application of shared readings (5 total, 5% each) (25) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Short papers applying learning (5 total, 300-words per piece, 15% each) (75) [LO 2,3,4,5]

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Total contact time is 30 hours, conducted in person, 2.5 hours x 12 meetings. This is an intensive course.

Outside of contact hours: Preparation time of no less than 6 hours for every 2.5 hour session.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in PhD Crawford School of Public Policy

Prescribed Texts

Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences, 5th Edition

Author: Alan Agresti

ISBN: 9781292220314

Published Date: 25/02/2018

Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended that a student complete POGO9097 Research Design and Public Policy prior to completing this course.


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:
Unit value:
6 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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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7390 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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