Social Science Research Methods
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- 28 Aug 2023
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After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:
- Describe and explain the theoretical tenets of quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches to research design;
- Demonstrate skills in identifying and researching relevant literature and documents, including theoretical and empirical research and policy documents;
- Explain the theoretical principles underlying research question/s and research hypothesis/es and demonstrate an ability to construct appropriate research question/s and research hypothesis/es for a specified research project;
- Describe, explain and select an appropriate methodological approach and sampling strategy and design data collection instrument/s for a specified research project;
- Describe and apply principles of ethical research;
- Report the key elements of a written research proposal according to American Psychological Association guidelines;
- Be cognisant of the range, complexity and value of criminological research
- Introduction: the nature and process of social research
- Formulating research questions; conceptualization and measurement
- Sampling methods; research strategies
- Experimental designs; ethics in criminal justice research
- Qualitative methods: ethnographic interviews, case studies and participant observation
- Surveys, structured interviews and questionnaires, Collecting data in context
- Analyzing content: secondary data; content analysis and comparative analysis
- Evaluation research
- Breaking down the quantitative-qualitative divide; mixed methods research
- Reflections on how you would design your research project and analyze quantitative data
- Analyzing qualitative data; reporting research results
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- GRF-CCJ32-Social Science Research Methods (No longer available)
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
- GRF-CCJ209-Statistics for Social Research
- GRF-CCJ29-Statistics for Social Research (No longer available)
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
- GRF-CCJ109-Doing Criminology
- GRF-CCJ19-Doing Criminology (No longer available)
Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the degree. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.
No additional requirements
This subject is designed to teach students the logic of research methodology in the social sciences. Students will learn how to articulate a researchable problem, formulate research hypotheses, logically determine what research methodology provides the best avenue to test these hypotheses, and carry out research. Students will also develop the necessary skills to analyse and write criminal justice policies.
- Online Quizzes (20%)
- Research Question and Sampling Strategy (35%)
- Research Design (45%)
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