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SY2005 - Qualitative Research

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Qualitative research is a process of data generation through innovate methods and combinations such as interviews, ethnography, focus groups, participatory action research and, photovoice. More recently, unobtrusive data gathered through the Internet as well as social media is being used by social researchers to explore innovative research questions, problems and solutions. Also, the subject examines how data is organised and coded, sometimes through computer software programs, and disseminated through the traditional written word, and, how social researchers are now combining indigenous and digital forms of storytelling to give voice to marginalised and dispossessed groups. Qualitative research also considers how decolonizing methods can also play a central part in understanding how social groups engage with, reject, and modify imposed representations by dominant cultures.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically discuss the theoretical, political and ethical issues associated with social scientific research;
  • demonstrate knowledge about the requirements, conditions and issues associated with the implementation and management of a research project;
  • analyse a social setting through the application of qualitative data collection techniques;
  • identify appropriate research strategies for recording, analysing and managing data.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Project report - (40%) - Individual.
AN2113 AN3113 SS2023 SS3023 SS5100 SY2048 SY3005 SY3048 SS5005 WS2007


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 18 hours workshops
  • 13 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Nick Osbaldiston.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours online activity
  • 18 hours online Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: andCDROMWWW - LearnJCU

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