Social Research Design and Evaluation

Subject SOCI90005 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Sociology at Undergraduate level

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Zara Lasater


Dr Zara Lasater


Subject Overview:

This subject examines various social research design and evaluation approaches to the study of social interaction. Students will critically examine the utility of, and theoretical underpinnings behind advanced methods of collecting, analysing and writing up social research. The subject will also analyse the relationship between policy evaluation and social research, notably in the context of debates around evidence based policy.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to examine the processes of social research, including designing a research proposal, conducting fieldwork, and writing up a final research piece;
  • be familiar with research strategies, methods and ethics in social research design and evaluation;
  • be able to understand the relationship between policy evaluation and social research design.

1. A research paper of 1500 words (25%) due in the first half of the semester.

2. A take home test 1500 words (25%) due towards the end of semester.

3. a research proposal of 2000 words (50%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the subject LMS site at the beginning of semester.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.

This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Social Policy.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Criminology
100 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
100 Point Master of Social Policy
150 Point Master of Criminology
150 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
150 Point Master of Social Policy
200 Point Master of Criminology
200 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
200 Point Master of Social Policy

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