• Offered by POLIS: The Centre for Social Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Areas of interest Sociology, Criminology

This course equips participants with the necessary skills to analyse and interpret qualitative data to answer research and policy questions. Students will build on previous experience in designing qualitative research methods and data collection and will develop skills in using in-text analysis software, interpreting and discussing the results of their data analysis, and the process of writing and publishing qualitative research. The course will provide students with the skills necessary to undertake a range of different types of qualitative data analysis which may be applied in areas of social science research such as population health, demography, medicine, communication, political science and sociology.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand a range of qualitative analysis approaches that are commonly employed across disciplines;
  2. critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of qualitative analysis methods and select appropriate methods for application;
  3. develop and apply skills in thematic coding techniques;
  4. apply skills in qualitative data analysis using appropriate data management software; and,
  5. assemble and present the results of qualitative research analyses in written and oral formats.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Peer-teaching oral presentation, 10 mins (10) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Practical exercise in coding qualitative interviews using Atlas, 1500 words (25) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. Final report using thematic analysis, 2500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Review of different analytical approaches, 1500 words (25) [LO 1,2,5]

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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 and workshop-like activities.
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 studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Criminology Honours (HCRIM), Bachelor of International Relations Honours (HIR), Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Honours (HMECA), Bachelor of Music Honours (HMUSI), Bachelor of Political Science Honours (HPLSC), Bachelor of Policy Studies (HPOLS) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), Bachelor of International Security Studies (Honours) (HINSS), Bachelor of Philosophy Honours- Asia and the Pacific (APASP) or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy Honours (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR). To enrol in this course you must have completed SOCR4008 or SOCR8008. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCR8003

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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
7841 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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