• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Keith Barney
    • Dr Rebecca Colvin
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

The course introduces students to quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods used by the social sciences to study environment and development issues and problems. The course will increase students’ knowledge of how scholarly and applied research is designed and implemented, and will enable them to assess the quality of research required as an input into policy making.

The course considers questions of epistemology and the philosophy of science, and the implications of theory for the design of research. The course critically engages with the main features and methods for conducting quantitative and qualitative research. Understandings of the ethics of conducting and publishing scholarly research will be integrated throughout the course lectures and discussions.

Active student participation in learning will be promoted through teaching methods that include lectures, class discussions, computer lab sessions, tutorials, practical peer interactions, and an extended essay.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Position research within major epistemologies and philosophies of knowledge.
  2. Assess the rigour of research methodologies and practical methods.
  3. Develop skills in devising research questions, and in matching questions with appropriate methodologies.
  4. Apply appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods to a particular research problem.
  5. Understand aspects of positionality and subjectivity in scholarly research.
  6. Critically analyse, design and write research studies with attention to methodologies and methods.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Qualitative quiz (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Ethnographic interview & peer response (20) [LO 3,4,5]
  3. Final qualitative assignment: Critical review of the conceptualisation and operationalisation of a qualitative methodology (2000 words) (20) [LO 3,4,6]
  4. Essay: Critical quantitative methods review (500 words) (15) [LO 1,2]
  5. Report: Quantitative analysis project (2000 words) (35) [LO 3,4,6]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Weekly readings comprised of selected journal articles and book chapters will be available on the Wattle course site.

Assumed Knowledge

There are no statistical pre-requisites to enrol in the course. However, some knowledge of the basic concepts of statistics will be useful.


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
2023 $4560
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
On Campus
2304 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View
2597 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 Online View

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