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This unit has been discontinued.


Please note, in 2018 this unit has been replaced with XBR212 Interdisciplinary Social Research. These units are mutually exclusive.


The unit provides an introduction to social research as practiced in the social sciences, particularly sociology. Students will be introduced to research methods that enable the collection and analysis of data relating to a range of social phenomena. They will consider how social data are patterned and examine social data using a variety of research methods.

Summary 2020

Unit name Social and Political Research
Unit code HGA203
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Professor Bruce Tranter (Hobart)

Teaching staff

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HSA264, HSA364, HSD203, HSD303, HGE202, HGE302, HEJ217, HEJ317, XBR212


Teaching Pattern

On campus: 1.5 hour weekly lecture; 1-hour lab/tutorial weekly

Off campus: Weekly online lecture and support materials; online Discussion forum weekly.


Three online tests (60%), 2,000 word assignment (40%)

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