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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dharma Arunachalam (Semester 2 on Clayton campus)


Previously coded SCY3261


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

  • An advanced understanding of the strengths, limitations and appropriate applications of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research;
  • A sound conceptual knowledge of methods commonly used in both quantitative and qualitative research;
  • A developed understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations in research;
  • Practice in the design and implementation of social science research; and
  • Further development of group-working skills.


Individual and group written work: 50%; Tests: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dharmalingam Arunachalam (Semester 2)
RoseAnne Misajon (Semester 1)

Contact hours

One two hour lecture per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Behavioural studies


A first-year sequence in Sociology or permission