• Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Katherine Curchin
    • Dr Steven McEachern
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    Autumn Session 2022
    See Future Offerings

This course provides an introduction to the main empirical social science methods, types of data, and techniques for collecting social science data. The course will provide students with the skills to apply social science methods to the generation and analysis of data to inform policy, business and service delivery decisions.

Content will cover: overview of main social and behavioural theories (rational choice; nudge and behavioural insights; complexity theory), introduction to research design (observational designs; intervention and experimental designs and action research), techniques for collecting data (quantitative surveys; qualitative interviews; behavioural and experience methods), measurement issues, participatory approaches to research, vulnerable populations, and ethics and privacy considerations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. discuss in broad terms the main social and behavioural theories and their evidence base;
  2. specify a research question that is answerable using empirical methods;
  3. propose a clear research design that can provide the information required to inform policy, business and service delivery decisions;
  4. understand the assumptions, strengths and limitations of the main techniques for collecting data; and
  5. comprehend the particular issues related to researching vulnerable populations.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Assignment 1 - Critique of selected empirical research paper (1,500 words) (15) [LO 1,4]
  3. Assignment 2 - Research proposal (3,500 words) (35) [LO 2,3,5]
  4. Oral presentation - Empirical strategy and ethics considerations (10 minutes) (20) [LO 5]
  5. Class test (2 hours) (25) [LO 4,5]

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Workload

130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in one of the following programs: Graduate Certificate of Applied Data Analytics (CADAN), Graduate Certificate of Social Research (CSRES), Graduate Diploma of Applied Data Analytics (DADAN), Master of Applied Data Analytics (MADAN), Master of Social Research (MSRES), Master of Social Research (Advanced) (VSRES), or with permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

To be provided on the course Wattle site.

Preliminary Reading

Chapters 1 and 2 from Bryman, A. (2016). Social research methods. Oxford university press.

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:
1
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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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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
4051 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
intensive course
3230 01 Apr 2022 22 Apr 2022 22 Apr 2022 30 Jun 2022 In Person N/A

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