Methods of Social Research

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

Methods of Social Research will familiarise you with the key methods of sociological research, quantitative and qualitative approaches to answering social research questions, and the problems that may arise while undertaking social research as an inexperienced practitioner.

This online unit will equip you with practical skills in the design, collection, analysis and presentation of data, offering hands-on practice employing a number of research methods to generate valid and reliable results.

Delivered by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, you will close out the unit by preparing a research proposal outlining a program of research to be followed in response to the considered issue.

Eligibility

Applicants must complete level 1 sociology units before starting this unit.

Areas of study

In this Methods of Social Research unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Research in the social sciences
  • Setting the agenda
  • Identifying research data
  • Qualitative research
  • Collecting qualitative data
  • Analysis of qualitative data
  • Quantitative research in practice
  • Social statistics 1
  • Social statistics 2: populations and samples
  • Quantitative research in practice
  • Ethics in social research
  • Mixed methodology and wrap up
  • Social survey research

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will equip you with the skills necessary to pursue a career in sociological research, though these methods and techniques could also be used for broader research goals, such as in the advertising and marketing fields, to provide greater insight into a targeted group.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Methods of Social Research from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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