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Undergraduate | GRF-SGY356 | 2024

Research in Sociology

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Discover the advantages and disadvantages of using the face-to-face interview as a research method. Select a topic to investigate and put forward a research plan. Run three qualitative interviews. Combine all your learnings in an in-depth report.

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15 July 2024,
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Research in Sociology

About this subject

  • This subject engages you with a very common from of sociological research: the face-to-face interview. At the conclusion of the subject you will:

    1. understand the notion of epistemology and the ways in which epistemology may shape methodological choices;
    2. recognize different types of interviews;
    3. grasp the strengths and limitations of interviews as a research method;
    4. identify the ethical issues that may arise in semi-structured qualitative interviewing and appreciate issues of subjectivity and reflexivity in the research process;
    5. know how to conduct and transcribe a semi-structured qualitative interview and write a qualitative research report.

Entry requirements


Completion of two other Sociology units.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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