OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Builds upon knowledge gained in SOC20001 Doing Social Research. Introduces the main worldviews underpinning different types of social research and identifies their characteristic views of social reality. Explores the political and ethical issues related to social research and the implications for research design. A range of methods is introduced some of which students will practice using in a piece of authentic research.

Unit content

  1. Theories and paradigms in social research
  2. Designing a piece of research related to staff research activities
  3. Quantitative methods
  4. Quantitative variables and their measurement
  5. Politics and ethics in social research
  6. Qualitative methods
  7. Evaluation research; Multi methods
  8. Qualitative analysis
  9. Quantitative analysis: from questionnaire to data management
  10. Univariate analysis & presentation of results
  11. Topics 9 & 10 continued
  12. Presentations

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • If you have the 2004 version of Bouma and Ling's 'The research process' that will be fine (you won't need the 2016 version as well): Bouma, G & Carland, S, 2016, The research process, 6th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
  • Walter, M (ed.), 2013, Social research methods, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hours (3 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Research Proposal40%
Research Article and Oral Presentation40%

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