• Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Sociology, Demography, Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Liz Allen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course examines key issues and assumptions in social research. It covers areas such as: formulating social research questions; operationalisation of concepts; validity; theory testing and theory construction; and strategies of analysis of social research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify a social scientific research question;
  2. recognise what makes for valid social science research;
  3. distinguish different forms of social science research data;
  4. recognise different types of social science research methods; and,
  5. critically read and understand the results of social science research.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Synoptic Essay, 1000 words (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Critical Analysis of Research, 2 x 750 words (15% each for a total of 30%) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Research Essay, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

2 hours of lectures and a 1 hour of tutorials per week for 12 weeks (a total of 3 hours contact per teaching week).  Students are expected to commit a further 94 hours of independent study over the semester (total 130 hours).

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Nil

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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6688 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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