1 x 2-hour lecture-1 per semester
1 x 3-hour lecture-2 weekly
6 x 1-hour tutorials per semester
6 x 1-hour computer labs per semester
1 1 first year topic in American Studies
1a 1 first year topic in Development Studies
1b 1 first year topic in Asian Studies
1c 1 first year topic in History
1d 1 first year topic in International Relations
1e 1 first year topic in Political Studies
1f 1 first year topic in Sociology
1g 1 first year topic in Social Admin & Social Work
1h 1 first year topic in Women's Studies
2 EDUC1120 - Teaching and Educational Contexts
2a DRAM1002 - Drama 1B: Bodies of Work
2b SCME1001 - Media and Society
2c SCME1002 - Convergence Cultures
2d ENGL1101 - Approaches to Literature
2e JUSS1000 - An Introduction to Justice and Society
2f CRIM1101 - Crime and Criminology
2g CRIM1102 - Criminal Justice System
2h PSYC1101 - Psychology 1A
2i PSYC1102 - Psychology 1B
2j DSRS1201 - Perspectives on Disability and Rehabilitation
2k DSRS1209 - Human Diversity
2l HLTH1003 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care
2m ENVH1702 - Our Environment, Our Health
2n HLPE1541 - Social Determinants of Health
2o NURS1003 - Psychosocial Perspectives of Health Care
2p LEGL1201 - Law in Australian Society
2q LEGL1101 - Australian Justice System
2r LEGL1102 - Contentious Justice Issues
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h)) or ((2 or 2a or 2b or 2c or 2d or 2e or 2f or 2g or 2h or 2i or 2j or 2k or 2l or 2m or 2n or 2o or 2p or 2q or 2r)))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of SOCI2005, SOCI3001, SOCI3002 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Students should be aware that third level sociology topics assume that they have attained knowledge and skills from first and second level offerings.
Course context
Students may not credit both SOCI3002 Sociological Research: Design, Methods and Ethics and SOCI3001 Research Methods in Criminology, towards their degree.
Topic description
This topic provides students with the core skills required to understand research and to evaluate the research efforts of others. The topic adopts a hands-on approach, focusing on developing and practising a number of research skills. On completion of the topic, students will understand basic issues in the design of social research, including sample selection and methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation. They will have foundational knowledge of interviewing, field research, designing questionnaires, and analysis of field, interview and questionnaire data. Students will be able to critically assess the research design, data collection and data analysis aspects of research carried out by others.
Educational aims
This topic aims to provide students with an introduction to a range of ways in which social and criminal justice research data can be collected, analysed and evaluated.

Students will be provided with the cores skills required to:
  • design successful social / criminal justice research;
  • evaluate the research of others and
  • assess the relative merits of qualitative and quantitative research designs.
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students should be able to:
  • develop familiarity with a range of social and criminal justice research methods
  • apply appropriate research strategies to specific research questions
  • analyse and evaluate the research of others