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Research Strategies for the Social Sciences HGA340


Please note, this unit can be undertaken as an elective in the Sociology major. The core research unit for the Sociology major is XBR212 Interdisciplinary Social Research (or HGA203/303 Social and Political Research for students who passed the unit prior to 2018).


This unit builds upon research strategies introduced in XBR212 Interdisciplinary Social Research. Students will develop social research skills in major qualitative and quantitative methods in the social sciences. Qualitative and quantitative research design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation of findings will be covered with particular emphasis upon qualitative interviewing and survey research.  The unit will provide students with the skills to study a range of social phenomena and is highly recommended for students intending to enrol in social science honours.


Unit name Research Strategies for the Social Sciences
Unit code HGA340
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Prof Bruce Tranter

Teaching staff

Professor Bruce Tranter and Dr Emily Hansen

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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2.5 hours weekly contact (combining face to face and online)


Two short assignments (50%), 2,500 word assignment (40%), tutorial/lab participation (10%)

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