Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

Course 095-SO (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Course Overview:

The postgraduate diploma allows students to undertake a research project in a specialist field of study. Students will gain advanced sociological knowledge, and advanced skills of sociological analysis and research. This knowledge and skill may provide the foundation for graduates to work in a large range of settings, including government, corporate, community and NGO sectors, thereby engaging in, and contributing to, society. The course provides a pathway to higher degree research for students who have not completed a four year BA (Honours) with a research component in sociology.

Course coordinator:
Dr Tim Marjoribanks
School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology


Students who complete the postgraduate diploma will:

  • Be able to understand and critically engage with key theoretical and empirical approaches in sociology exploring the social patterns characterising contemporary societies;
  • Be able to understand and use advanced sociological research methods, whether in the form of critical engagement with secondary materials; document research; field work; or other forms of sociological research;
  • Have developed a reflexive awareness of the social, ethical and cultural dimensions of sociological research, analysis and practice.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • Thesis 12,000 words
  • 1 compulsory subject
  • 4 elective subjects
Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
Subject Options: Thesis subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Compulsory subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Elective subjects
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2008
Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is:

  • an undergraduate degree with a major in sociology or cognate discipline and a grade average equivalent to an H2B (70%) at the University of Melbourne in the major
  • a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology) with a grade average equivalent to an H2B (70%) at the University of Melbourne.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
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