Qualitative Social Research

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
Start date: Accepted into the Master of Forensic Mental Health or Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Qualitative Social Research is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in association with Griffith University. Its fundamental objective is to teach you the principles of executing qualitative research, including collecting, analysing, and presenting data. Once you have learned these skills you will have the opportunity to create your own qualitative studies, crystallising your academic learning.

To begin with, you will explore the links between sociological theory and methodology, with regard to the history and politics of social research. Following this, you will learn how to design a study, and how to run effective interviews and focus groups. Once the fundamental principles are learned, you will create your project.

On completion of Qualitative Social Research you will be confident and adept in the management and write-up of qualitative research projects. Furthermore, you will also be able to evaluate the methodology itself, empowering you to make informed decisions when choosing between qualitative and quantitative research in future projects.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol, you cannot have completed this unit or an academic equivalent before, and you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Master of Forensic Mental Health

OR

  • Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Areas of study

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

  • Linking theory and methods
  • History, development and politics
  • Study design, rigour and ethics
  • Qualitative interviewing
  • Focus groups
  • Ethnographic fieldwork
  • Documentary research
  • Historical research
  • Using visual materials
  • Using the internet
  • Analysis approaches 1
  • Analysis approaches 2
  • Writing qualitative research

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Forensic Mental Health, Griffith University

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

  • Master 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?

In the modern business landscape, the ability to plan, research, manage, and complete a project is an essential skill. Succeeding in this unit proves that you have the intellectual rigour and analytical thinking skills needed to succeed in complex business tasks.

Furthermore, if you are intending to go into the field of criminology or forensic mental health, producing qualitative research will be a core requirement of your role, and this unit emphasises that you are up to the task.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Qualitative Social Research 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 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 FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. 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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