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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Vaughan Higgins


Not offered in 2016


Previously coded HSM4801


Theories and methods for research in sociology. Recent trends in sociological theorising. Different methods for the collection of empirical data. The relationship between theory and practice. Issues in the process of research.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of key developments in contemporary sociological theorising and research, and an understanding of the links with the work of classical sociologists;
  2. Show an understanding of the connections and disconnections between various theories in terms of their ontological and epistemological assumptions;
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the research strategies which arise from these assumptions and the variety of methods which each employs;
  4. Show awareness of and sensitivity towards a range of ethical and political issues in the conduct of research; and
  5. Apply this knowledge in undertaking their own research projects.


Essay 1 (4500 words): 50%
Essay 2 (4500 words): 50%


APG4761 and APG4762. First degree with a major in sociology or related discipline.


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