SOCI 2012 - Introduction to Social Research

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

Which youth crime prevention programs work? Is job market situation for university graduates in Australia improving or worsening? Why do some international students succeed in Australian universities, while others experience great difficulties? Are local media in Adelaide focusing more on the street crime than on the corporate crime? What is currently known about factors that lead to a happy and lasting intimate relationship? This course will introduce you to the ways in which social researchers seek to answer such questions. You will learn how to formulate feasible research questions. You will be introduced to a variety of research methods that can be used to answer such questions. The course will demonstrate that each method has its strengths and weaknesses and that the best research is usually produced by a combination of methods. The course will give you the basic tools to be an informed and critical user of social science research. You will learn how find the most up-to-date and highest quality studies on the topic of your interest. You will also apply the methodological reasoning acquired in the course to review the current research literature on a topic of your own interest. Finally, you will learn how to write well-structured analytical papers.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SOCI 2012
    Course Introduction to Social Research
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Incompatible GWSI 2015, GWSI 2110, GWSI 3015, GSSA 2110
    Course Description Which youth crime prevention programs work? Is job market situation for university graduates in Australia improving or worsening? Why do some international students succeed in Australian universities, while others experience great difficulties? Are local media in Adelaide focusing more on the street crime than on the corporate crime? What is currently known about factors that lead to a happy and lasting intimate relationship?
    This course will introduce you to the ways in which social researchers seek to answer such questions. You will learn how to formulate feasible research questions. You will be introduced to a variety of research methods that can be used to answer such questions. The course will demonstrate that each method has its strengths and weaknesses and that the best research is usually produced by a combination of methods.
    The course will give you the basic tools to be an informed and critical user of social science research. You will learn how find the most up-to-date and highest quality studies on the topic of your interest. You will also apply the methodological reasoning acquired in the course to review the current research literature on a topic of your own interest. Finally, you will learn how to write well-structured analytical papers.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Djordje Stefanovic

     
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    Understand the purpose of social research and its potential to investigate contemporary social issues through both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

    Identify the range of methods, techniques and skills used in contemporary social research and their capacity to solve specific social problems.

    Demonstrate skills in social science methods including the ethical and practical aspects of researching social problems, critical reading, reflection and analytical writing.

    Work with others in the exploration of ideas and to collectively develop arguments and negotiate solutions to problems.

    Undertake a research project including formulating a research problem and its key questions

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2,3,4,5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4,5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2,3,4
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3,4,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Investigating the Social World (9th edition) by Russell K. Schutt, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2019.
    - Etext version available online at https://au.sagepub.com/en-gb/oce/investigating-the-social-world/book254625#description
    - Hardcopy available at the Barr Smith Library, High Use area.

    Recommended Resources
     
    Online Learning
    Lecture power point slides, on-line quizzes, assignment instructions, and model assignments will be posted to the MyUni course site available via MyUni link.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    WORKLOAD - STRUCTURED LEARNING

    TOTAL HOURS

    1 x 3-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week

    36 hours per semester


    WORKLOAD - SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING

    TOTAL HOURS

    2.5 hours reading per week

    30 hours per semester

    1 hour on-line quiz answering per week

    12 hours per semester

    5.5 hours assignment
    preparation each week on average

    66 hours per semester

    1 hour exam review per week 12 hours per semester

     

    TOTAL: 156 hours per semester

    Learning Activities Summary
    1 Science, Society, and Social Research
    2 Research Ethics
    3 Research Design and Causation
    4 Conceptualization and Measurement
    5 Sampling and Generalizability
    6 Experiments
    7 Survey Research
    8 Qualitative Methods
    9 Quantiative Methods
    10 Evaluation and Policy Research
    11 Big Data Analysis
    12 Future of Research Methods
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    In-class team exercises provide opportunities to put new knowledge and skills into practice in meaningful ways.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    ASSESSMENT TASK

    TASK TYPE

    WEIGHTING

    COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)

    Midterm Exam

    Formative & Summative

    15%

    1,2,3

    Assignment One (Prospectus)

    Formative & Summative

    10%

    1,2,5

    Assignment Two (Single Study Review)

    Formative & Summative

    15%

    1,2,5

    Assignment Three (Literature Review)

    Summative

    40%

    1,2,4,5

    Final Exam

    Summative

    30%

    1,2,3

    Assessment Related Requirements
     Students are required to complete all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this course.
    Assessment Detail

    Mid term exam (15%): The mid-term will be multiple choice and will include the kinds of questions asked in the quizzes. It will take place in the regular class time and location. Details of this assessment will be provided in class.

    Assignments One (Prospectus) (10%): The prospectus is the first step towards producing your state-of-art literature review. It should be no longer than 1 page in length (plus 1-2 pages of bibliography) and should briefly outline your research question,
    your theoretical rationale, and 8 relevant academic sources you propose to review. It is particularly important to justify your proposed research question as interesting and worth answering. Details of this assessment will be provided in class.

    Assignments Two (Single Study Review) (15%): In the second assignment, you will apply your new methodological skills to analyze an assigned study, and to identify its main strengths and weaknesses. The study to be analyzed will be made available
    at the MyUni. Details of this assessment will be provided in class.

    Assignment Three (Literature Review) (30%): In this assignment you will do a thorough literature/theory review, addressing a topic of your choice. The Literature Review will be up to 8 pages long, double spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, 1-inch
    margins. As a critical review of the “state of knowledge” on your topic, it will allow you to situate your research question as having the potential to add to or correct an existing theory, thereby helping us to understand the phenomena in question.  For this reason, it is crucial to find proper academic sources to review.

    A literature review is not simply a list of the research on a topic, nor is it merely a summary of the arguments others have made
    concerning a topic. A literature review is an essay which allows you to survey the field as it is, with an eye to the contribution that you will make to the literature through your research question. Therefore, you should be particularly attentive to the questions that are unanswered (or unasked) in the literature, the theoretical concepts in the field which are inadequate, the errors that exist in our current ways of looking at the topic, and so on.

    You should begin to conduct your review of the literature with a question that is as specific as possible, knowing that it will change as you interact with the literature. By the time you write your literature review, your research question should be carefully formulated in researchable terms. Details of this assessment will be provided in class.

    Final Exam (30%): You will be expected to display understanding, integration, and critical reflection on the required readings and lectures. The examination will have a multiple choice format. Details of this assessment will be provided in class.

    Note: Further information on the expectations for the Prospectus, the Single Study Review, and the Literature Review will be provided at the MyUni and discussed in class.

     

     

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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