Courses & Units

Social Research HGA280

Hobart

Note:

Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2021. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.

Introduction

This unit introduces students to the world of social research. It answers questions about how to produce knowledge through empirical research, and discusses the methods used to solve practical problems. The unit covers a wide range of social research methodologies and approaches, and the tools of interdisciplinary research, and illustrates how these can be used to address specific, real-world problems. The unit enables students to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, developing their learning and understanding from case studies and research experiences. It includes an introduction to interdisciplinary social research, how to search literature and establish a research question, select appropriate methods for investigation, collect and analyse data, draw conclusions from research findings and present results. The unit will allow students to discuss approaches to conducting research outside of their fields, as well as introduce methods used in core, disciplinary areas of study. These include health, education, business, sociology, criminology, government,police studies, media, geography and psychology. The unit will provide a foundation for studying further research approaches in different disciplines.

Summary

Unit name Social Research
Unit code HGA280
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Professor Bruce Tranter
Available as student elective? Yes

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the social research process.
  • Differentiate between social research methodologies and methods.
  • Apply different social research methods to a range of complex social problems and issues.
  • Communicate research findings clearly for academic and lay audiences.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
099999 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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Requisites

Mutual Exclusions

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

HGA303 AND HGA203 |XBR212

Teaching

AssessmentTest or quiz (30%)|Assignment (20%)|Discussion posts (online) (15%)|Plan (35%)
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Textbooks

Required Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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