Social Science Research Methods

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: Griffith University
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About this unit

This online Social Science Research Methods unit from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University explores the theoretical tenets of quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches to research design.

After successfully completing this unit you will understand the theoretical principles of research questions and hypotheses, and be able to apply them to a specified project.

The unit also develops skills in researching relevant literature and documents, including theoretical and empirical research and policy documents.

Core learning outcomes include in-depth knowledge of appropriate methodological approaches, strategies and design data collection for a research project.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this unit, you must have completed the following unit:

  • Statistics for Social Research

It’s also recommended that you have completed the following unit, or have equivalent knowledge:

  • Doing Criminology

Areas of study

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

  • Introduction: the nature and process of social research
  • Social research strategies research designs
  • Planning a research project and formulating research questions
  • Quantitative research
  • Structured Interviewing: self completed questionaries
  • Structured observation: content analysis
  • Qualitative research
  • Ethnography, participant observation
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Breaking down the quantitative/qualitative divide
  • Research in government organisations: evaluation and policy analysis

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith 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 provides students with the skills to analyse and write research proposals and criminal justice policies using the American Psychological Association’s reporting guidelines. You will also understand the range, complexity and value of criminological research.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Social Science Research Methods from Griffith 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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