• Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Sociology, Demography, Epidemiology, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Naomi Priest
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2023
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This course is being run as a graduate reading course.

This course is designed to give students an overview of the use of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods for social research. Quantitative methods focus on objective measurements and the statistical, mathematical, or numerical analysis of data collected through polls, questionnaires, and surveys, or from existing administrative sources. Qualitative methods, on the other hand, rely on more in depth analysis, and focus on direct observation and/or the analysis of words, images or other text. While many research questions can be answered by using either quantitative or qualitative research methods, most research questions seeking to understand complex social phenomena are best approached by using a mixed methods design.
This course summarises the key aspects of quantitative and qualitative mixed methods, and uses a number of example research projects to discuss how they can be combined to answer key social research questions. Upon completion, students will be able to design, evaluate and analyse data using mixed methods approaches to social research. No prior knowledge in either quantitative or qualitative research methods is assumed.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. evaluate the main strengths and weaknesses of quantitative research methods;
  2. evaluate the main strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research methods;
  3. critique existing empirical research based on the choice of methodology;
  4. differentiate between research questions which rely on cross-sectional survey data, longitudinal survey data, and qualitative data; and
  5. design a mixed-methods research project on an important social research question.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research critique - oral: 5 minute PowerPoint presentation (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Research critique - written: 1500 words (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Data critique: 1500 words (25) [LO 1,2]
  4. Mixed methods design: 3000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Class participation: semester long (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop or workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable.


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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4547 31 Jul 2023 11 Aug 2023 11 Aug 2023 30 Sep 2023 In Person View

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