AZA2723 - Methodological issues in the social sciences - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Science


Dr Alex Asakitikpi

Unit guides


South Africa

  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Sociological research requires the capacity to think conceptually, to systematically plan how to obtain valid information relevant to research questions and to analyse 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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


ATS2723, ATS3723, AZA2490, AZA3723