Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSociology
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalam (Semester 1); Dr RoseAnne Misajon (Semester 2)


Previously coded SCY2261


Doing social science 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 analyse information. Because social science 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:

  1. An understanding of the strengths, limitations and appropriate applications of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research;
  2. Knowledge of methods commonly used 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.


Written work 60%
Tests 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalam (Semester 1); Dr RoseAnne Misajon (Semester 2)

Workload requirements

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

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


Two gateway units in a related discipline


AZA2490, AZA3723, ATS2723, ATS3723