1 x 2-hour lecture per semester
1 x 2-hour workshop fortnightly
11 x 1-hour on-line lectures per semester
1 of SOCI2025, CRIM2205
Enrolment not permitted
1 of SOCI3001, SOCI3002 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Laboratory exercise(s)
Topic description

An understanding of social and socio-legal research methods is highly regarded in the workplace and essential for successful completion of honours and postgraduate studies. This research methods topic brings together a range of essential research skills designed to provide students with a grounding in social science research skills. This topic will provide students with a conceptual understanding of research methodologies, practical skills in employing different research methods, and skills in analysing both quantitative and qualitative research data.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Examine major epistemological frameworks for understanding research methodologies
  • Develop a critical understanding of the criteria used for assessing research quality
  • Develop a reflective understanding of a range of quantitative and qualitative social science research methods
  • Develop the skills to be able to analyse quantitative and qualitative data, including being able to use major analytical software packages
  • Examine ethical issues relating to the conduct of social science research
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Apply epistemological frameworks underlying research methodologies and methods
  2. Apply and critically evaluate a range of quantitative and qualitative social science research methods
  3. Analyse quantitative and qualitative research data
  4. Recognise and critique ethical issues in relating to the conduct of social science research

Key dates and timetable

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