• Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicholas Biddle
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2022
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the assumptions, strengths and limitations of advanced techniques for analysing data in the social sciences;
  2. use appropriate software packages to manage and analyse data;
  3. identify key issues and problems in empirical analysis and propose solutions to them;
  4. communicate and critique research in a rigorous manner; and
  5. discuss the policy and/or theoretical implications of advanced social science approaches.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Assignment 1 - Critique of selected empirical paper (1,500 words) (15) [LO 1,4]
  3. Assignment 2 - Research project using real-world data (3,500 words) (35) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  4. Oral presentation - Policy brief from research project (10 minutes) (20) [LO 5]
  5. Class test (2 hours) (25) [LO 1]

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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 have completed SOCR8201 and SOCR8202, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

To be provided on the course Wattle site.
 

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:
6 units

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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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1553 01 Jan 2022 TBA TBA 31 Mar 2022 In Person N/A

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