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SCY2261 - Social Research Methods

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dharma Arunachalam, Naomi White


Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Doing sociological research requires us to think conceptually, to systematically plan how we might obtain valid information relevant to the research questions we are asking, and to analyze information. Because sociological research draws on people's experiences, its conduct inevitably raises ethical and political questions. In this unit, we will discuss these issues. We will also consider various qualitative and quantitative research strategies and data gathering techniques available to us when we seek to document the social world.


On completion of the unit, students will have


4 workshop exercises (2400 words equivalent) : 60%
2 class tests (1 hour each) : 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


A first-year sequence in Sociology or permission


SCY 3261