Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Alex Asakitikpi


Sociological research requires the capacity to think conceptually, to systematically plan how to obtain valid information relevant to research questions and to analyze and evaluate information. Because sociological research draws on people's experiences, it is intended in ethical and political questions. In this unit students discuss these issues and consider various qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and techniques for data gathering when documenting the social world.


On completion of the unit, students will have:

  1. An understanding of the strengths, limitations and appropriate application of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research;
  2. Knowledge data collection techniques in both quantitative and qualitative research;
  3. Understanding of the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations in research;
  4. Knowledge of issues related to the design and implementation of social science research;
  5. Aquired the skills relevant to group work.
  6. The ability to write an essay that is well structured and develops a coherent argument.


Individual and group written work 50%
Tests 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

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