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ATS3723

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSociology
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc. Prof. Dharma Arunachalam (Semester 1);Dr RoseAnne Misajon (Semester 2)

Notes

Previously coded SCY3261

Synopsis

Doing social science research requires us to think conceptually, to systematically plan how we might obtain valid information relevant to the research questions we are asking, and to analyse information. Because social science research draws on people's experiences, its conduct inevitably raises ethical and political questions. In this unit, we will discuss these issues. We will also consider various qualitative and quantitative research strategies and data gathering techniques available to us when we seek to document the social world.

Outcomes

On completion of the unit, students will have:

  1. An advanced understanding of the strengths, limitations and appropriate applications of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research;
  2. A sound conceptual knowledge of methods commonly used in both quantitative and qualitative research;
  3. A developed understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations in research;
  4. Practice in the design and implementation of social science research.

Assessment

Written work 60%
Tests 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Assoc. Prof. Dharma Arunachalam (Semester 1);Dr RoseAnne Misajon (Semester 2)

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and
One 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

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