1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 1-hour seminar weekly
4.5 units of Level 1 topics
Enrolment not permitted
1 of SOCI2005, SOCI3001, SOCI3002 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
First year sociology topic knowledge, or first year knowledge gained from humanities or social science topics
Topic description

This topic provides students with the core skills required to understand and undertake social scientific research. The topic addresses research ethics, sample selection, qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation and presentation of data.

Educational aims

This topic aims to equip students with the skills required to assess and ethically design and implement qualitative and quantitative social scientific research.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Develop a definition of ethical research
  2. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative methods and approaches to analysis
  3. Generate data using qualitative and quantitative methods
  4. Analyse qualitative and quantitative data

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.