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ATS4677

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Nick Osbaldiston

Synopsis

Theories and methods for research in sociology. Recent trends in sociological theorising. Different methods for the collection of empirical data. The relationship between theory and practice. Issues in the process of research.

Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of key developments in contemporary sociological theorising and research, and an understanding of the links with the work of classical sociologists;
  2. Show an understanding of the connections and disconnections between various themes in terms of their ontological and epistemological assumptions;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic research strategies which arise from these assumptions and the variety of methods each employs;
  4. Show awareness of and sensitivity towards a range of ethical and political issues in the conduct of research; and
  5. Apply this knowledge in undertaking their own research projects.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

Prerequisites

First degree with a major in sociology or related discipline

Prohibitions

GSC4211, APG4677, SCY4801