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SS5103 - Post-Graduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences

Credit points: 6
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This is a core subject for students enrolled in the Master of Social Science degree

This is a core subject for students enrolled in the Master of Social Science and Master of Social Work degree. This subject is aimed at assisting postgraduate students to gain an understanding of an advanced, integrated body of knowledge regarding research in the Social Sciences, including ethics, theories, research principles and methods. Students will have the opportunity to investigate topics, worldviews, methodologies, methods and processes for social science research and demonstrate their proficiency in designing, planning and executing a substantial social science research project. The subject will focus on qualitative methods, with content on quantitative methodologies, mixed method design and discipline specific research designs.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate and apply an advanced integrated body of knowledge for research in the social sciences including ethics, theories, literature, methodologies and methods;
  • appraise and critique highly relevant, topic-related literature to create a comprehensive literature review;
  • summarise, present and defend use of specific methodologies and methods;
  • design, plan and execute a well-written, substantial research proposal;
  • integrate understanding of issues encountered when researching minority/disadvantaged groups or sensitive topics;
  • apply a high level of responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional development;
  • demonstrate knowledge of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies.

Availabilities

External, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Susan Gair.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 60 hours - online participation
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCUandOther
Assessment: project description/annotated bibliography (30%); literature review (20%); poster presentation (20%); proposal (30%).

Townsville, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Face to face teaching (On campus workshops TBA)
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Susan Gair.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 16 hours workshops/Seminars - Workshop Dates TBA
  • 44 hours - on-line participation
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: project description/annotated bibliography (30%); literature review (20%); poster presentation (20%); proposal (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.