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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences


In today's information society, we are constantly exposed to 'research findings'. Each day when we read the newspapers or listen to the television news we are told 'Research shows that ...', or 'According to a recent study ...', or 'Studies generally agree that ...'. It is essential to have a certain degree of 'research literacy' to understand the flood of 'facts' we are exposed to on a daily basis. Research now also plays a vital role in the shaping of community and governmental policies.

Postgraduate study in applied social research aims to provide an understanding of the particular strengths and weaknesses of various research approaches and methodologies so as to make a critical and informed assessment of research findings. Applied social research is the application of the analytical tools of the social sciences to the social, political and economic policy issues in today's society. In this way, applied social research aims to develop a practical understanding of the design process, execution, and evaluation of social research projects which focus on immediate problems and their resolution.


For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant Courses

  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By Research