Social Research Design and Evaluation

Subject 166-554 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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: 2-hour Seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week , 8 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate certificate/ diploma or fourth-year honours in Sociology, Public Policy and Management, Criminology or Socio-legal studies, or the Master of Social Policy, Master of Public Policy and Management, Master of Criminology (100-piont programs), or Master of Policy Studies (ASST).
Corequisites: This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Social Policy (100 point program).
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Tim Marjoribanks


Dr. Timothy Marjoribanks
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.
  • Understand the processes of social research, including designing a research proposal, conducting research, and writing up a final research paper or report;
  • Be familiar with research strategies and methods used in social research design and evaluation, including the ethics and politics of research design and evaluation;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of evaluation strategies and methods;
  • Have gained experience in 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
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Formerly available as 166-554. Students who have completed 166-554 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Social Policy (100-point program).

Related Course(s): Master of Criminology (CWT)
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Master of Social Policy
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Criminology
Political Science
Political Science
Socio-Legal studies
Socio-legal Studies

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