SOCI 4002 - Honours Sociology Research Methods

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

This seminar builds on knowledge gained at undergraduate level about the principles, processes and practices of social research. It aims to deepen student's understanding of the practical, epistemological and ethical aspects of social research, and to prepare graduate students for fieldwork. A selection of topics has been chosen that cover major social research methods. The course will provide students with an understanding of the practical aspects of doing social research from writing a literature review to preparing a research proposal, choosing a research method and writing up a thesis, as well as allowing an opportunity for students to critically discuss the data collection/generation process, subjectivity and reflexivity, and the conduct of ethical behaviour from recruitment to representation of research participants.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SOCI 4002
    Course Honours Sociology Research Methods
    Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) with a 24 unit Major in Sociology or Bachelor of Sociology at a Distinction average or equivalent as determined by Honours Coordinator/Department committee
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program
    Course Description This seminar builds on knowledge gained at undergraduate level about the principles, processes and practices of social research. It aims to deepen student's understanding of the practical, epistemological and ethical aspects of social research, and to prepare graduate students for fieldwork. A selection of topics has been chosen that cover major social research methods. The course will provide students with an understanding of the practical aspects of doing social research from writing a literature review to preparing a research proposal, choosing a research method and writing up a thesis, as well as allowing an opportunity for students to critically discuss the data collection/generation process, subjectivity and reflexivity, and the conduct of ethical behaviour from recruitment to representation of research participants.
    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
    1. Identify the main research designs, theories, methods and forms of analysis used in the social sciences.
    2. Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyse and synthesise literature related to a research question.
    3. Critically analyse and demonstrate an ability to formulate viable research questions.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to undertake the range of tasks necessary to completing a research project.
    5. Identify and engage with the range of ethical issues involved in the conduct of a research project.
    6. Show an understanding of cross cultural contexts and the nuances/implications of cross cultural research.
    7. Demonstrate skills in using online data bases and software.
    8. Demonstrate high level written and verbal communication skills.
    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, 5
    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
    3
    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
    8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 7
    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
    5, 6
    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
    5, 6
  • 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
    1 x 2 hour lectures (includes small group work and seminar discussion 20

    TOTAL = 20


    WORKLOAD – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING
    13 hours reading per week 130 hours per semester
    8.1 hours research per week 81 hours per semester
    8.1 hours assignment preparation per week 81 hours per semester

    TOTAL =312



    Learning Activities Summary
    INDICATIVE WEEKLY LECTURE TOPICS
    1 Introduction (epistemology and theoretical perspective)
    2 Literature reviews
    3 Interpretivism research methodologies and methods I
    4 Interpretivism research methodologies and methods II
    5 Critical research methodologies and methods I
    6 Critical research methodologies and methods II
    7 Research proposals
    8 Data collection
    9 Subjectivity and reflexivity in the research process
    10 Conducting ethical research
  • Assessment

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    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
    Literature Review 30%
    Comparative essay 40%
    Pre-seminar quizzes/discussion posts 20%
    Participation 10%
    Assessment Detail
    Literature review - 3000 word essay (30%)
    Comparative essay - 3000 words (40%)
    Quizzes - Pre-seminar quizzes/discussion posts (20%)
    Seminar participation (10%)
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

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

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

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