- Code SOCY2038
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Social Research, Sociology, Criminology
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Adrian Mackenzie
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2024
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In the 21st century sociologists, criminologists and political scientists can access a wealth of information contained in survey data repositories. To enable students to evaluate the quantitative literature and analyse survey data themselves, this course lays the foundations for three types of skills.
First, students will consider the theoretical underpinnings of survey design. Second, they will learn about the basics of statistical theory and understand which samples do and do not represent populations of interest. Finally, they will learn to use Stata, a software package that many social scientists choose for data analysis.
The course is based on an inquiry-led pedagogy. Students will interrogate survey data to learn how to produce and interpret descriptive and inferential statistics. Course activities will enable students to learn how to ask and answer research questions using techniques that include cross-tabulations, t-tests, correlations and ordinary least squares regressions.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically evaluate key quantitative methodologies using historical, critical and ethical approaches including indigenous perspectives;
- interpret and analyse sociological or social science research that uses statistical methods;
- use quantitative and statistical techniques to analyse social issues; and
- define key statistical concepts and explain how they can be used in social science .
Lectures will be recorded.
- Learning log (1500 words) (25) [LO 1]
- Project Report (2200 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Online quizzes, 2 x 30 minutes (2 x 5%) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Group project participation (20) [LO 2,3]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks, typically comprising weekly 1 hour lectures and week 2 hour practical workshops.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, statistical analysis of survey data, reading and writing
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