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Qualitative Methods for Policy

Postgraduate | MAQ-SOCX8035 | 2024

Previously MAQ-SOCX831

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13 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

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Qualitative Methods for Policy

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Understand the nature of qualitative research procedures, what makes them distinctive and how they can be used to inform policy development.
    2. Understand and practically apply qualitative strategies of inquiry, research methods and data analysis techniques.
    3. Develop a critical appreciation of the ethical dimensions of research practice.
    4. Obtain first-hand experience in using qualitative research techniques to examine policy issues and problems.
    5. Develop a critical appreciation of the politics of research utilization in different policy contexts.
    6. Obtain skills in critically evaluating the robustness of different forms of data.
    7. Be able to combine qualitative and quantitative data as sources of evidence for policy.

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-SOCX831 (Not currently available)


20 credit points at the 8000 level or above; or admission to MPSP or MPASR or GradCertPASR or GradDipPASR
NCCW (pre-2020 units) SOCX831
NCCW (2020 and onwards) SOCI8035 Qualitative Methods for Policy

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

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

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