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SCLG2602 - Social Inquiry: Qualitative Methods
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - 6 credit points
HECS Band one
Domestic Fee: $3,687
International Fee: $3,937
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Sociology and Social Policy
Offered session(s): 2
Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Sociology) or (12 Junior credit points from GCST, SCLG, ANTH, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013) or (12 Junior credit points from Government and International Relations and GOVT3994)
Prohibitions: SCLG2002, SCLG2521
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Fiona Gill

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

Assessment: 1250wd research ethics essay (30%) and 2000wd qualitative interview exercise (40%) and 1250wd content analysis exercise (30%)

This unit of study introduces students to a range of qualitative research methods in common usage throughout the social sciences. The unit 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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