Explanation and Understanding

Subject 121-446 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 3-hr seminars per week in weeks 1 and 2, and one 3-hr seminar per week in weeks 3 to 6
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: Admission to 4th year Honours or Postgraduate Diploma in Anthropology and/or Social Theory, or permission of the coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: .


Dr Tammy Kohn
Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on the skills entailed in qualitative research projects that seek to understand and explain social and cultural phenomena. It introduces students to various approaches to socio-cultural research and their ethical and methodological implications, particularly in cross-cultural contexts. Students will workshop specific projects, as well as examining a range of qualitative research methods. On completion of this subject students should have the ability to design an original research project of their own, justifying the methodological and ethical approach to be taken.

Assessment: A 1500 word research proposal 30% (due in week 4), a 500 word report on ethical implications 10% (due in week 6), and a 3000 word written assignment 60% (due at end of the semester).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • show initiative in self-directed research;

  • demonstrate an ability to critically analyse and evaluate research strategies;

  • be able to communicate the aims and anticipated outcomes of research intelligibly and economically.


Formerly available as 121-085 or 136-020. Students who have completed 121-085 or 136-020 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)

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