GSSA 2110 - Social Research: Working Skills for Social Sci
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GSSA 2110 Course Social Research: Working Skills for Social Sci Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites 12 units of Level I study Incompatible GWSI 2015, GWSI 3015, GWSI 2110 Course Description The aim of Social Research is to develop students' knowledge and understanding of research - how and why it is done - and to expose students to different theoretical perspectives and methodologies employed by researchers in conducting social research. Students will learn new skills: formulating a research question; interpreting information. Students will develop skills in designing and conducting a survey and interview schedule; participant observation; focus group; content analysis and discourse analysis; how such skills are increasingly and widely applicable in the workplace.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dee Michell
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Understand the purpose of social research and its potential to investigate contemporary
social issues through both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
2 Identify the range of methods, techniques and skills used in contemporary social research and their capacity to solve specific social problems. 3 Demonstrate skills in social science methods including the ethical and practical aspects of researching social problems, critical reading, reflection and analytical
4 Work with others in the exploration of ideas and to collectively develop arguments and negotiate solutions to problems. 5 Undertake a research project including formulating a research problem and its key questions, investigating the problem and analysing the results. 6 Present research findings in a coherently argued written report and engage in critical debate.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 5, 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3
Required ResourcesWalter, M (2010) Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Recommended ResourcesGray, D. (2009) Doing research in the real world. London: Sage.
Crotty, M. (1998) The foundations of social research. Meaning and perspective in the research process. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
Ezzy, D. (2002) Qualitative analysis: Practice and innovation. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
Neuman, W. (2006) Social research methods. Boston: Pearson International.
Online LearningLectures, handouts, links to further readings, websites and updates will be posted to the MyUNi course site available via the MyUni link.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents will be required to attend a 1 hour lecture and a 2 hour hands-on workshop.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1 lecture per week (x 12) 12 hours 1 x 3 reading per week (x 12) 36 hours 1 x 2 workshop per week (x 12) 24 hours 1 x 4.5 hours assignment preparation each week on average (x 12) 54 hours Total 126 hours
Learning Activities Summary
1 Introduction to the course 2 Definitions and beginnings 3 Participant observation 4 Analysing texts 5 Surveys/questionnaires 6 Analysing quantitative data 7 Why's and wherefore's of doing interviews 8 Innovative methods with children 9 Focus groups 10 Analysing qualitative data 11 Using social theory: the 'so what' question 12 Research translation
Specific Course RequirementsNot applicable
Small Group Discovery ExperienceWeekly workshops provide opportunities to put new knowledge and skills into practice in fun and meaningful ways. Activities in workshops are group based.
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Assessment task Research exercise 1000 words 30% Discourse and content analysis 2000 words 40% Group activities (including workshop attendance, participation and on-line tasks) 30%
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are required to complete all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this course.
Assessment DetailWorkshops: Participation in workshops is a key feature of this course as they provide opprotunities to explore ideas, theories and examples in the readings and lectures.
Assignment 1: This is a research exercise to put into practice a research skill that you have learnt in the first few weeks of the course. This includes an activity on campus, where you conduct a participant observation exercise, and write this up as a short report.
Assignment 2: In this assignment you can choose an issue or controversy and explore the way it is represented in the media over a period of time. This is an independent learning project, where you will be supported to conduct your own textual analysis.
SubmissionYour written assignments for this course will be submitted online via the relevant MyUni course site.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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