Undergraduate | LTU-SOC3MSR | 2024
Methods in Sociological Research
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Methods in Sociological Research
About this subject
On successful completion you will be able to:
- Critically evaluate and apply diverse research methods and strategies in order to identify complex social problems in need of creative solutions
- Work collaboratively to generate and manage new ideas and evaluate their impact
- Identify ethical issues and report on research practice and findings clearly
- Data Collection and Analysis
- Qualitative and Quantitative Research
- Interviews and Focus Groups
- Surveys and Questionnaire Design
- Secondary Data
- Document Analysis
- Research Ethics
You will be introduced to a range of current methods of social inquiry. These include both quantitative and qualitative research methods such as surveys, interviews, observation, content analysis, spatial analysis, the analysis of historical and policy documents and records and other unobtrusive methods. You will apply these techniques innovatively to complete research projects on current social issues and gain critical understanding of the suitability of various research strategies and approaches. Working collaboratively, the new ideas generated have the potential to create change relating to the social issue identified.
This is a level 3 subject. Please consider the subject prerequisites before enrolling. This subject includes live sessions.
- Online test of research methods (equivalent to 1000 words). (25%)
- Online test of research ethics (equivalent to 500 words). (10%)
- Research project (equivalent to 2500 words). This assessment includes 15% peer review on research process in order to complete the project successfully. (65%)
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Prerequisites: Students must have completed 30 credit points of Level two subjects.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed SOC2MSR (Social Research Methods) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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