Social Research Design and Evaluation

Subject 166-554 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - 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: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Social Policy-one year program, Master of Public Policy and Management -one year progam, Master of Criminology - one year program, or to the Postgraduate Diploma or fourth-year Honours in Sociology, Political Science, Public Policy and Management, Criminology or Socio-Legal studies.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Tim Majoribanks
Subject Overview: This subject provides a critical and practical engagement with social research design and evaluation, in a range of societal contexts including, but not limited to, social policy. As such, it provides theoretical frameworks and research skills for analysing and engaging with contemporary social relations, problems and challenges. We begin by examining how social researchers identify research problems and design research, and then move onto a consideration of the range of approaches to the collection and analysis of data, and the writing up of research. We also analyse the relationship between evaluation and social research, in the context of debates around evidence based policy and the effectiveness (or otherwise) of social interventions. On completion of the subject, the written work and class participation will provide students with theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in key aspects of social research design and evaluation.
Assessment: A written response paper of 1000 words worth 20% (due prior to mid-semester); a written social research opinion piece of 1000 words worth 20% (due after mid-semester); a written research proposal of 3000 words worth 60% (due at end of semester). Hurdle requirement to attend 75% of seminars in order to have work accepted for evaluation.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be made available Irene Hall & David Hall, Evaluation and Social Research. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Criminology (CWT)
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Master of Social Policy
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Sociology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Criminology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Socio-Legal Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

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