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SCLG2602 - Social Inquiry: Qualitative Methods
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - 6 credit points
HECS Band one
Domestic Fee: $3,330
International Fee: $3,570
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Sociology and Social Policy
Offered session(s): 2
Prerequisites: either SCLG1001 and SCLG1002 or SCWK2003 or SSCI1003
Prohibitions: SCLG2002, SCLG2521
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Fiona Gill

Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week commencing week 2

Assessment: tutorial participation (20%), 2x1500wd research papers (60%) and one exam (20%)

Textbooks: unit reader will be available through the Copy Centre
This unit of study introduces students to a range of qualitative research methods in common usage throughout the social sciences. The course has both analytical and practical components. With regard to the former, students are introduced to the methodological issues in contemporary sociology and their impact on the research process. An emphasis will be placed on developing a critical ability to read sociological research, with an eye to understanding its methodological adequacy, the political and ethical issues that arise whilst conducting research, and debates over interpretation and the production of knowledge. With regard to the latter component, students will undertake practical exercises in order to learn to appreciate and use a selection of research approaches, methods and techniques.
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